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Iris mantis

Iris oratoria


I. oratoria is very pale when young but matures to a mostly green color and grows to about 6.5 cm long. This species may be distinguished from Mantis religiosa and other mantids with which it shares a range and general size and shape by a very distinguishing red-orange spot on its ventral side on the fourth (second to last) abdominal segment; cerci are shorter than those of M. religiosa as well. This species is also distinctive in possessing two large violet-brown eyespots on its hind wings which are revealed when its wings are unfolded. Females have wings shorter than the abdomen

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PatriciaPi 8 years ago

vaya que si!
y a la mañana siguiente seguía ahí, así que pude seguir torturándola con fotos

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

¡Que bien camuflada estaba!

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Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Spotted on Dec 5, 2013
Submitted on Dec 7, 2013

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