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This Mantis was about approximately 8-10cms in length, beautifully camouflaged amongst the fallen pine needles.
There are a lot of Hierodula out there. And the pronotum shape (stocky instead of long) makes me think it's not a H. membranacea.
Agreed 100%...this fellow was quite defensive as I was quite close. :-)
In fact you should not scare of any Organism as they are harmless in their habitat. Just always check their stance if they look defensive they might attack for their survival.
Thanks Sumukha Javagal & AshishNimkar :-)Actually I did not bother much that time when I took the pic, as I was more scared than the poor Mantis, but still will try to give some idea
Kuheli can you add description by editing spotting with length or size of this Mantis..?
Look to be Giant Mantis's Dry season colour form and at nymph stage.http://www.keepinginsects.com/praying-ma...
Wow..! Its a Preying Mantis..:-) Superb Camouflage..!
Thank u Jeannette & SatyenMehta :-)
Great spotting :)
Lat: 25.58, Long: 91.88
Spotted on Apr 6, 2012 Submitted on Jul 4, 2012