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South Carolina State Insect:

Carolina Mantid up close - click to see list of state insects
Carolina mantid (stagmomantis carolina) close-up photo © Andrew Williams / Critterzone (used by permission; contact Critterzone: Animal Pictures, Nature Stock Photography for commercial license or any use). See All State Insects.

Carolina Mantid (praying mantis)

See Carolina mantid video below

South Carolina designated the Carolina mantid as the official state insect in 1988 as a symbol of the science of entomology and its special role in agriculture controlling harmful insects. The praying mantis is also a fascinating specimen of living science for the children of South Carolina.

The Carolina mantid; scientific name Stagmomantis carolina (Johannson), is native to North and Central America. It can be found throughout South Carolina. The Carolina mantid grows to about 2.5 inches in length and comes in a variety of colors: gray, brownish-tan, yellow-green, and bright green.

Female Carolina mantid - click to see all state insects
Female Carolina mantid (stagmomantis carolina) photo © Andrew Williams / Critterzone (used by permission - contact Critterzone: Animal Pictures, Nature Stock Photography for commercial license or any use). See All State Insects.

A female Carolina mantid deposits her eggs on plant stems surrounded by an "ootheca" (formed from a secreted liquid that is beaten into a froth; this hardens to form a protective case for the eggs).

Carolina Mantid Faces Competition

Chinese mantises are an introduced species (naturalised because they've been here since the late 19th century). The problem is that they are bigger than our native mantises (the Carolina mantis being one) and can out-compete the native mantises for food and territory.

Source:
Symbols & Emblems (click Animals & Other Living Things): SC.gov Student Connection
Stagmomantis carolina; Carolina mantid: EOL.org
Links:
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South Carolina Symbols & Icons:

animal - dog
bird - game bird 
amphibian -fish
reptile - butterfly
insect - spider
flower - grass
tree -wildflower 
shell
gem - stone
fruit - garden
beverage 1 - 2

flag - pledge
seal - motto - quarter
name-nickname
language - poet
folk art - dance
folk dance
song 1 - song 2 - waltz
opera - popular music
academy-center
hall - museum
tapestry - tartan
 

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