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African mantis / Αλογάκι της Παναγίας

Sphodromantis viridis


It is probably an injured Mantis but still, its strategy "absolute immobility and lightning attack" is clearly shown in the video (


Spotted in a suburban area with gardens and trees. Though an African species can be found in the Mediterranean countries of Europe.


Soundtrack from "Cicadas Jazz Band" (which cicada btw, is a gulp for mantis - see relevant pictures of Stavros Apostolou here: gm.1537744042980052 & type = 3 & theater & ifg = 1).

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maplemoth662 a year ago

Your welcome, Tania17....🌻

Tania17 a year ago

Brian, maplemoth, thank you!

Tania17 a year ago

After the correction of @DespinaTsafetopoulou the species changed: it is the African (Sphodromantis viridis) and not the European (Mantis religiosa) mantis.
However both are 'praying mantis' species.
Thanks Despina :)

maplemoth662 a year ago

Three, very pretty photos....

Brian38 a year ago

Great pictures and spotting Tania!

Δημοτική Ενότητα Παπάγου, Αττική, Greece

Lat: 37.99, Long: 23.79

Spotted on Aug 16, 2008
Submitted on Mar 18, 2018

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