The Chinese Praying Mantis has compound eyes on
either side of its large, triangle-shaped head.
Their forewings are leathery in texture and short,
and the jaws of the Praying Mantid are very powerful.
Although over 2,000 species of mantids are found
nearly worldwide, many areas see only a few species
commonly. For example, though there are at least
21 different species known to live in the United
States, though the Eastern United States sees only
three species of mantid regularly, one of which
is the Chinese Praying Mantis. The Chinese Praying
Mantis is not native to the United States. They
were originally introduced from China, where they
originate, in the early 1900s to help gardeners
with pest control.