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are praying mantids protected by law in PA

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Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Anna replied 8 years ago.
Hi,

No, praying mantises are not protected by law in Pennsylvania. This is one of those persistent urban legends. The Pennsylvanis Dept. of Agriculture says on their web site:

"Praying mantises are common insects and are not protected by law."

You can see that statement here:

http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us/agriculture/cwp/view.asp?a=3&q=128369

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Anna

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