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European mantis
2005-09-08 12:14:03

The European mantis (Mantis religiosa) is one of the most common species of the order Mantodea. Originating in southern Europe, the European mantis was introduced to North America in 1899 on a shipment of nursery plants. Now they are found all over north-eastern America (east of the Mississippi River) and as far north as Ontario, Canada. The European mantis is usually 2-3 inches in length, and...

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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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