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SamMiller
SamMiller 9 years ago

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.

SamMiller
SamMiller 9 years ago

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.

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 9 years ago

It's also possible that this is Mantis religiosa - European Mantis.
http://bugguide.net/node/view/22947

Stagmomantis californica (additional reference):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/7985

Did 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.

SamMiller
SamMiller 9 years ago

Thank you for the suggestion.

SharonAzzinnaro
SharonAzzinnaro 9 years ago

Stagmomantis californica, common name California Mantis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stagmomanti...

SamMiller
Spotted by
SamMiller

San Bernardino, California, USA

Spotted on Sep 20, 2012
Submitted on Sep 21, 2012

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