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Praying Mantis

Oxyopsis peruviana


A mantid, bright green, about 4" long, which resembles Mantis religiosa, but Wickipedia seems to say they aren't in South America where this was spotted. I believe that is an egg case glued to a buttress of the Ceiba tree.


This mantis was hanging out between the buttresses of a giant Ceiba tree, along the south bank of the Amazon River, in rainforest.


I would appreciate it if someone could confirm that Mantis religiosa are found along the upper Amazon in Peru.... LATER: One of our members has confirmed that Mantis religiosa does NOT live along the upper Amazon, and that this mantid's characteristics are consistent with Oxyopsis peruviana. I'm happy with that. So be it!

1 species ID suggestions

Peruvian Green mantis
Oxyopsis peruviana


BrianFridie 2 years ago

Well the pointed eyes and classic mantis body indicate oxyopsis peruviana. The wings are too narrow to be pseudoxyops sp ( a similar genus.) and mantis religiosa does not live in peru. Oxyopsis peruviana is one of the most common mantids in peru. The spot on the wing mimics a flaw on a leaf. Yes a mantis ootheca(ooth for short) is an egg case of a praying mantis!

Irene Brady
Irene Brady 2 years ago

I take it an "ooth" is an egg case? Love the word! Ooth!
How did you determine it is a Oxyopsis peruviana? I now notice it has brown spots on the wing -- is that it?

BrianFridie 2 years ago

Awesome oxyopsis peruviana! it has an ooth!

ForestDragon 2 years ago

This is a beautiful mantis! However, I do not believe that this is Mantis religiosa. The coloration and body shape are different.

I do agree that there looks to be an egg case on the surface behind the mantis.

Please consider adding this spotting to the Marvelous Mantids of the World mission.

Loreto, Peru

Lat: -3.52, Long: -72.34

Spotted on Dec 28, 2010
Submitted on Jan 28, 2016


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