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Connecticut State Insect:

European praying mantis - click to see all state insects
European praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) photo © Andy Williams / CritterZone (used by permission - contact CritterZone Animal - Wildlife - Nature Stock Photography for commercial application license or any use). See All State Insects.

European Praying Mantis

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The European praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) was designated the official state insect of Connecticut in 1977. The praying mantis is a green or brown insect that eats aphids, flies, grasshoppers, caterpillars, and moths. Not native to North America, but found throughout the state of Connecticutt, the praying mantis is a beneficial insect for farmers and a symbol of the importance of the natural environment..

Female European praying mantis - click to see all state insects
Pregnant female European praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) - photo © Andy Williams / CritterZone (used by permission - contact CritterZone Animal - Wildlife - Nature Stock Photography for commercial application license or any use). See All State Insects.

Mantis is a Greek word meaning "prophet" or "diviner - while hunting, the praying mantis stands motionless with its special front legs raised in seeming meditation. Understandably, the praying mantis is often mispelled as "preying" mantis.

European praying mantis - click to see all insect symbols
European praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) - photo © Andy Williams / CritterZone (used by permission - contact CritterZone Animal - Wildlife - Nature Stock Photography for commercial application license or any use). See All State Insects.

Source:
The State Insect - European or "Praying" Mantis: CT.GOV
State of Connecticut Symbols: Connecticut official website
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