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California Mantis

Stagmomantis californica

Description:

**2 1/4 " body long slender; head triangular; thread like antennae Brown or mottled green 2 legs held in "prayful position" for grasping prey Long wings, Eyes large, Most flexible neck of any insect; (able to look for prey or danger at most angles. Strong mouthparts can tear apart hard exoskeleton of prey; (flies, bees, wasps, butterflies, caterpillars) Female often eats smaller male after mating. Eggs inclosed in frothy mass. Mainly aboreal.

Habitat:

coastal Sage, dry shurby areas

Notes:

Thinking he is a male. After I went to look at the photos i realized he was looking at me every second i was snapping away. Even the pictures of his back, you can see those beady little eyes checking you out. Very cool.
** Audubon Field guide to California

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California, USA

Lat: 39.16, Long: -121.75

Spotted on Aug 12, 2011
Submitted on Aug 12, 2011

Reference

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