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Ok, so I just found a similar mantis, possibly the same one dead and being ravaged by ants. I inspected the wings without trying to spread them because they would most likely crumble. Anyways, the wings had black stripes.
Very interesting. I was wondering about the shape of the abdomen. He didn't open his wings, but I might have gotten a shot of his legs.
It's also possible that this is Mantis religiosa - European Mantis.http://bugguide.net/node/view/22947Stagmomantis californica (additional reference):http://bugguide.net/node/view/7985Did you happen to see him open his wings or get a look at the inside of his front legs? There are some distinguishing markings that may help you determine which it is. Both species come in brown.I can tell you that this is a male. You can tell because of the long narrow abdomen.
Thank you for the suggestion.
Stagmomantis californica, common name California Mantishttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stagmomanti...
Spotted on Sep 20, 2012 Submitted on Sep 21, 2012
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