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European Mantis

Mantis religiosa


This praying Mantis was large in size. At least 3 to 4 inches long and brownish in color. i have usually seen green colored mantises. So this is something new for me. it was large enough to bring down a hummingbird or even a lizard.It probably was under the deck since I could see cob webs on it. (pic2 and 3).


. Mantises take on green or brown shades to blend in with the background.

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Hema 8 years ago

Thanks so much MArtin! I am amazed at how you could narrow it down to the exact species!The links that you provided are great!

MartinL 8 years ago
Hema 8 years ago

It was rather big and it was eyeing the hummingbirds at the feeder. It disappeared overnite!

namitha 8 years ago

That is a really big praying mantis. We have large green praying mantis's here [Kerala, India] but I have never seen a brown one so big.

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California, USA

Spotted on Jul 25, 2012
Submitted on Jul 25, 2012

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