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Praying Mantis

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Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 6 years ago

Yes, blotches and color on at least many species of mantises varies very much. Statilia maculata can be light colored, to almost black. Color is a very bad way of identifying mantises because there are too many mantises with the same color. But the color may not be exactly the same so that might be a good way to differentiate between two mantises in one area sometimes, but it is hard to explain how the color is different lol and cameras (the flash?) change colors of the animals. Are there mantises with specialized genes for just brown? A lot of mantis species have color variation of brown to green. Some mantises do not or have other colors.

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 6 years ago

Yes, I do not think that mantis from Thailand was this species. I was just showing similarity in looks between two species of mantis. I would not think that just because it does not have a yellow on the eyes then they would be another type of mantis. Because there are so many different details that are there, that that one thing is nothing.

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 6 years ago

This guys pronotum is much thicker than a male Omomantis zebra. There are many species of mantids and there are many that look similar to each which is probably true for many insects.

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 6 years ago

After molting markings are more faint. However Polyspilota show these markings also:

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KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spotted on Jan 9, 2012
Submitted on May 2, 2012

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