Invasive Praying Mantis
I found loads of praying mantis eggs in my park. Someone told me these species is a non native and invasice here in maryland. Do we have invasive mantids here? And if so which ones are they so i can research them and compare to confirm identity of species i have
Anne Arundel County Maryland
There are several praying mantis species in Maryland. Several are not native. The Chinese mantis is the most commonly encountered. They are big predators and can even take out a hummingbird, but they are not generally considered a threat.
Here is our general info: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/insects/predators-praying-mantid-mantis
Here is more in depth info on the native Carolina mantis:http://wildmaryland101.blogspot.com/2012/09/amazing-maryland-bugs-carolina-mantis.html
Here is a link so you can see the difference between the egg cases: http://nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/praying-mantises-which-are-the-good-ones/