First report of Empusa spinosa Krauss, 1902 (Empusidae: Mantodea) from Uttar-Pradesh, India
Ramesh Singh Yadav
Mantids are key agent of Natural and Biological control. They are very diverse fauna. Their diversity in Uttar Pradesh is very negligible. The present study was based on the specimens collected of the subfamily Empusinae during the course of a field survey of the district Ghazipur, Uttar-Pradesh in the month of October 15, 2017. The Mantids were collected from the plantation of the Tectona by hand picking. One female and one male mantids fauna have recorded and identified as Empusa spinosa Krauss, 1902. The fauna have firstly recorded from the district Ghazipur as well as Uttar-Pradesh also. The descriptions of the species have made based on the morphological characters. The identifying features of species were Vertex of head prolonged into a more or less conical protuberance, divided at apex. Antenna of male was pectinate and female filiform; internal spines of fore femur with each long spine alternating with 3-4 short spines. The Pronotum was slender and long. Fore coxa with prolonged spiniform process at distal end and fore femur without dialation and mid as well as hind femora without ventral lobes.