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Thailand boxer praying mantis,

Acromantis gestri

Description:

This is a lovely small specie of mantis growing to an adult size of 25-33mm. They have banded legs and tiny lobes are present, this being more noticeable when larger Nymphs. Looking very carefully (mainly seen on adults), small spikes run along the Mantids neck. Their front arms are mainly a red/brown-banded affect and red is shown on the inside of the arms as a defense threat. When females turn sub-adult, you can generally see what colour they will turn out to be. Some Nymphs will have green along the back, on the un-opened wings and a green/yellow tip on the end of their abdomen. The adult colours for these Nymphs are generally light green/grey colour. The wings have a bright green stripe down each side and some "V" markings are present. The other sub-adult colour is a very dark brown, almost black throughout the body apart from the front arms. When adult, the females are mainly grey, almost silver along the neck and the wings have a slight tint of cream/brown on them. No green stripe is present, but the "V" marking is still there. The Males are similar to the latter females colour, but have darker bodies and the wings are a green/yellow colour. The males are also slightly smaller then the females, with long antennas. Credit : http://www.exotic-pets.co.uk/boxer-manti...

Habitat:

This species is found in Thailand and possibly Malaysia. The temperatures of both countries are very high and the lowest temperature I found was 22C and the highest 36C. They live in grass or gardens but mostly in warm places.

Notes:

I found this mantis at the restaurant near my house in Summakorn village, Bangkok. It stand on my table about 5 minutes then it went away.

No species ID suggestions

5 Comments

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 9 months ago

Or I don't think, I should not be so certain.

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 9 months ago

Not Sphodromantis, if that is what you are trying ID.

akshaya
akshaya 9 months ago

hi MintLalita, could you refer this link- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphodromant...

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 9 months ago

Or Mantis religiosa

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 9 months ago

Not Acromantis. I do not know what it is. Kind of looks like Statilia.

กรุงเทพมหานคร, Thailand

Lat: 13.77, Long: 100.62

Spotted on Mar 14, 2012
Submitted on Mar 14, 2012

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