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Wandering Violin Mantis

Gongylus gongylodes


Gongylus gongylodes is also called Ornate mantis or Indian rose mantis. This is one of the more bizarre looking mantises. Characterized by extremely slender limbs with large appendages. It is not a particularly aggressive species and often kept as a pet by hobbyists. It feeds primarily on flying insects. Wandering Violin Mantises go through several moltings before reaching adulthood, and are sexually mature about two weeks after that. Females lay an egg mass called an Ootheca. It contains up to 3 dozen eggs and has a protein casing that protects them.

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Atul 7 years ago

Thank you Andrea and injica :)

injica 7 years ago


Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 7 years ago

WOW what a fantastic mantid! It is hard to make head and tail of it. Great camouflage! Great spotting Atul!

Atul 8 years ago

Thank you Chief and Jolly !!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 years ago

Exceptional find. You are very lucky to have this beautiful mantis. Awesome. Very nice Atul

Atul 8 years ago

Thank you Leanne !!

LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Incredible spotting Atul :)

Atul 8 years ago

Thank you Sergi, Myara rubens and Yogesh :)

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

Fantastic Atul, as always.

MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Fantastic capture!!!

rubens.luciano 8 years ago

Very nice!

YogeshSave 8 years ago

Excellent sir!!! Thanks Satyen sir ;-)

Atul 8 years ago

Thank you Satyen Yuko and Emma :)
I could believe my eyes either ... i couldn't spot it in the first place ...:)

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Amazing spotting. Daniele, Yogehs is the best spotter and a master composer in our group :-)

YukoChartraw 8 years ago

I can't believe my eyes!!! :O

Hema 8 years ago

another wonderful spotting!!

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Yogesh has good eyes!

Atul 8 years ago

Thank you Daniele :)
This was my first spotting today .... spotted by Yogesh
It was so well camouflaged that couldn't spot it for a second even after he showed it to me and it even was swaying like a dried up leaf .

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Fantastic Atul!

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Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Nov 21, 2012
Submitted on Nov 21, 2012

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