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Argentine white-crested Mantis mating.

Stagmatoptera hyaloptera.


Mating of this species is long, takes about 20 hours. Note that the female is shown with a prey, in picture # 5 appears another female in the right corner. I couldn´t see the end...

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

It is a very harsh world for mantid males isn't it. A species here gets the head bitten off BEFORE mating !! 8-]

DB 8 years ago

Hi Argy! Thanks for your comment. I think that the male dies after the mating. I didn´t see it because the mating takes about 20 hours. I read that in this kind of mantid the female is very aggresive and the male only can get close to her while it is feeding.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Nice set of pics. That is one fat mantid. Do you know if the male dies after or during mating?

DB 9 years ago

Thank you Ashish for your appreciation, this plant is a very good camouflage for this species‼

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Lovely capture... the background is make little puzzle in identifying your Organism... wonderful spotting...!!

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Salta, Salta, Argentina

Spotted on Mar 8, 2012
Submitted on Sep 14, 2012

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