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Marbled Mantis

Hierodula parviceps


" Hide all ye cowards! all you birds, and know that the Mantis is invincible! Huh! stayin' on top of the food chain is chicken." " I'm a mighty brown mantis with a three inches total body length." Mantodea (or mantises, mantes) is an order of insects that contains over 2,400 valid species and about 430 genera in 15 families worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. Most of the species are in the family Mantidae. The English common name for any species in the order is "praying mantis", because of the typical "prayer-like" posture with folded fore-limbs, although the eggcorn "preying mantis" is sometimes used in reference to their predatory habits. In Europe and other regions, the name "praying mantis" refers to only a single species, Mantis religiosa. The closest relatives of mantises are the termites and cockroaches (order Blattodea). They are sometimes confused with phasmids (stick/leaf insects) and other elongated insects such as grasshoppers and crickets.


It can be found in divers habitats from forest to cultivated farmlands and populated lands.

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Marbled Mantis
Hierodula parviceps

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28 Comments (1–25)

Thank you everybody who gave their nice comments.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

Beautiful, great work!

KarenL 9 years ago

Great series Shekainah - the first shot especially!

NoahKirk 9 years ago


Dina 9 years ago

Amazing spotting!

ForestDragon thanks for the ID.

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Great find!

Wonderful!! love it!! chicken and all specially the gorgeous flower!! Looking forward to more of your spottings... : )

ForestDragon 9 years ago

I love this series and the story! I can't find a good online resource for info on this species unfortunately. It seems that people do keep and breed them as pets in some places. I also saw it called the Giant Philippines Mantis though I don't know if it is a commonly used name.
I think yours is a male.

Here are a couple of the images I found for the species:

MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Great series!

Lovely pictures Shekai! Even the flower it is on adds to the story. It is sitting on a Cockscomb flower (Celosia cristata). As in "Palong ng Manok" in Tagalog :)

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Love the pictures and the story!

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 9 years ago

Great shot! Very funny!

YukoChartraw 9 years ago

I think the pic #1 calls for many funny captions... :-)

Elsa 9 years ago

That first shot is priceless!

RiekoS 9 years ago

Wonderful and nice spotting Shekainah!

Maybe its intuition, anyway thanks sarahaw1981.

sarahaw1981 9 years ago

Great photos, really love the first one. So much expression in it eyes, I'ed swear it was looking at the chicken! :-)

Ha ha ha I like your humor friend, actually its my father who thought me to stay still the whole day and watch unusual things happening around. Thanks ChunXingWong.

ChunXingWong 9 years ago

Months ago you uploaded a spotting about
ladybirds being watched by a praying mantis.
Now you have uploaded a spotting about
a praying mantis being watched by a chicken.
Months later......
I assume you will upload a spotting about
a chicken being watched by a monitor lizard. =P

Thanks kuya noel, @ Smith'sZoo indee the flower is beautiful looks like a chicken crown but I don't know its name.

Smith'sZoo 9 years ago

Wow! Stunning flower that it is sitting on! ;)

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 9 years ago

Great spot Shekainah!

JillBlack 9 years ago

Grat story and info. Love it

Jellyfishnebula 9 years ago

Haha look at her eye's LOL @_@
P.S (I assume the Mantis is female because of the color.)

Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Spotted on Jan 25, 2013
Submitted on Jan 27, 2013

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