Diversity of praying mantids from Tilari forest, Chandgad, Kolhapur district of Maharashtra India
SV More, MS Prashant
We present the first survey and diversity of praying mantis (Mantodea) from the Tilari forest and surrounding villages and provide the some natural images. Based on surveys and collection of praying mantis, results of 21 species were collected from four different targeting localities in Tilari forest, Chandgad. Of these 21 adult species of praying mantids, 8 species from major forest region, 6 species from Green Valley Park, 5 species from Swapnwel Point and 2 species from surrounding villages were obtained. The present data on collecting specimens and species diversity is very valuable information regarding Mantodea for Kolhapur district. The present research paper reveals that the study area is a rich diversity of order Mantodea, because there is a variety of insect species as a food of carnivorous insects and appropriate environmental conditions.