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Giant Mantid / Common Green Mantid

Sphodromantis gastica

Description:

large green mantid (40 mm long) with diagnostic white spot on each fore wing. I think this is a male, females are longer and fatter. This individual has a totally green abdomen, some individuals may have a pink or purple wash on the side of the abdomen.

Habitat:

attracted to lights. Semi arid, sub tropical, bushveld area

Notes:

These mantids are leaf mimics and their diet ts almost entirely made up of caterpillars

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7 Comments

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 6 years ago

Good video of a Cilnia humeralis male.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSn2Tn9sC...

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 6 years ago

Stripe like this on the side of this belly? Sphodromantis from the Congo.
http://i1075.photobucket.com/albums/w440...
I am wondering if they measured a tiny miomantis. All mantises have something like that. But maybe not all of them have it a strange color compared to their bodies. It expands after they eat.
Mantis breathing. You can see the side part.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuU-X506c...

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 6 years ago

Still seems too small.

C.Sydes
C.Sydes 6 years ago

that should say "(body length 55mm) robust and bright green . . . "

C.Sydes
C.Sydes 6 years ago

Hello again Mr Goldfish, I was following the brief description from Field Guide to Insects of South Africa (Picker, Griffiths & Weaving, 2004 updated ed. Struik) which states " Identification: Large (body length and bright green, usually with white spot near anterior corner of each fore wing. Sides of abdomen may be mauve and yellow . . " It does not mention any similar looking species; such info is indicated else where in the book for other species.
I've previously seen what I took to be a young specimen of this species which had a pink-purple colour on its flanks which sort of faded into green i.e. not a clear cut patch of colour - it was very pretty

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 6 years ago

Many mantids have spots like that on there wings. It should not be diagnostic I think. What is the purple wash on the side of there abdomens?

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 6 years ago

Are the S. gastrica the only Sphodromantis in your area? 40mm seem way too small. 75mm would make more sense.

C.Sydes
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C.Sydes

Limpopo, South Africa

Spotted on Mar 6, 2013
Submitted on Mar 24, 2013

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