The Carolina Mantid
photo courtesy Dr. Gerald R. Carner, Clemson Department of Entomology
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The Carolina mantid, Stagmomantis carolina (Johannson), a praying mantis, was designated the State Insect by the General Assembly by Act No. 591 of 1988, for the following reasons: it is a native, beneficial insect that is easily recognizable throughout the State; it symbolizes the importance of the natural science of entomology and its special role in all forms of agriculture in helping to control harmful insects; and it provides a perfect specimen of living science for the children of this State.