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Bordered Mantis

Stagmomantis limbata


Yellow Mantid with pink eyes and a blue mouth. Her tegmina have pink spots on them. The wings are checkered yellow. This species is differentiated from other in the genus by the wings. Also the "facial plate (below and between antennae) about twice as wide as long (as for genus), eyes not as protruding as in Carolina Mantid.


Entryway on a green plant. It fell off and got quite upset, displaying her wings so I moved her to the Milkweed to take photos.


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CalebSteindel 8 years ago


Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 8 years ago

Nice action shots!

Thank you friends for the honor! This girl deserves an award for her beautiful and fierce display. I hope she's not always as clumsy because she will be a very angry Mantis. :)

Awesome capture Cindy,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

armadeus.4 8 years ago

Oh wow! Congratulations on your SOTD Cindy!!!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Colourful lady. Great information and lovely series Cindy - Congratulations !

AshleyT 8 years ago

Congrats Cindy, this fabulous mantis has been chosen as Spotting of the Day!



Hi ForestDrangon, thank you for the reminder about the mission! Mantids are truly marvelous! Added :)

ForestDragon 8 years ago

Great series! This would be a lovely addition to the Marvelous Mantids of the World mission.

I enjoy spotting them! Nice job caring for yours, Hema.
Thank you for your comment, Sukanya!

SukanyaDatta 8 years ago

It looks like a ballerina in the last shot. Thank you for sharing.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago

This mantis has lovely colors. Mine had a lot of red in them. i guess it is the substrate which imparts the color. It was a hot day and I held a spoon full of water in front of the male. i was overjoyed when it took two sips.i never saw it again though.

Thank you for your comments, Hema.
I've never read that. The blue coloring is supposed to be more pronounced in females but of course there's variation in coloring of most species.
Since the abdomen is quite large, that tells me that this is a female. Males have much narrower abdomen.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago
One of the comments says that the blue upper lip indicates a male.
Your series is superb!! i found a limbata family in my backyard. Female was large and pinkish.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago

A male it is!

California, USA

Spotted on Oct 6, 2015
Submitted on Oct 7, 2015

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