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Praying mantis (Louva-a-deus)

Stragmatoptera sp.


A Mantodea from the genus Stragmatoptera. It has these beautiful spot on it's first wings and their secondary wings unfold in the shape of a triangle. It would be flying around a light pole with nice acrobacies. He follows us with his tiny red eyes and keeps facing and posing when we're too close.


Found close to rainforest.

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LeonardoLanna 6 years ago

Thanks, I just changed it. We actually mistook everything haha but that happens! This guy was quite cool and we got overexcited =D

ForestDragon 6 years ago

With that said, please consider adding your beautiful spotting to the Marvelous Mantids of the World mission:

ForestDragon 6 years ago

Leonardo, I am certain that this is a mantis species.

Mantispidae do look similar but have different body structure as well as different posture with the raptorial front legs when not extended. The wings are never folded flat with Mantispidae, but held over the back like a tent (similar to their other Neuroptera relatives) Here are some images to compare yours to:

I am not sure of the species, perhaps there are local resources that may know. Here is another very similar (perhaps the same species) mantis also found in Brazil:

Spotted by

RJ, Brazil

Spotted on Apr 21, 2015
Submitted on May 11, 2015

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