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Iris Mantis

Iris oratoria


Also known as Mediterranean Mantis. Female. Props to ForestDragon for identifying it correctly.

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Mediterranean Mantis, female
Iris oratoria Iris oratoria

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28 Comments (1–25)

SukanyaDatta 9 years ago


ForestDragon 9 years ago

There is now a global mission for mantids! Please consider adding your wonderful spotting to this mission:

Puedes ponerla en la mission de flora y fauna de la peninsula iberica

ceejayalyssa 10 years ago

awesome :D

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 10 years ago

Epic :)

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 10 years ago


zepcheok 10 years ago

Great shot!

KarenL 10 years ago

Congrats Pedro, this colorful little guy is the star of our Facebook caption contest!

SandraPereira 10 years ago

What a pose !!

KrantiAzad 10 years ago

cool !

Fly Fisher
Fly Fisher 10 years ago

Awesome Shot!

I love Mantis'. One of the coolest bugs on the planet!

BugGirl 10 years ago


The first picture reminds me of the movie "Karate Kid". Wax on, wax off!

arlanda 10 years ago

Very good spotting, Pedro!
I agree with ForestDragon, it is Iris oratoria

WestonJamesPhillips 10 years ago

He wants a hug!

PedroNicolau 10 years ago

Thanks a lot ForestDragon. I'm completely sold.

ForestDragon 10 years ago

Pedro, a truly stunning find!

I am fairly sure this is not Mantis religiosa due to the wing coloration, length of wings and the lack of spots on the inside of the front legs.
I think your Mantis looks much more like a female Iris oatoria (Mediterranean Mantis). The females' wings do not fully cover the abdomen.
More info on Iris oratoria:

Here is a nice picture of a female Mantis religiosa in defense display. You can see the differences:

Link to info on Mantis religiosa:

Thanks for sharing this beauty!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago

Great pose.. I love it. Just like he is doing the kungfu ;)

LuisStevens 10 years ago

Great series!

patty 10 years ago

Stunning pictures Pedro! And I agree with Despina as it looks like a more like a dancing than a praying mantis. Greetings =)

MayraSpringmann 10 years ago

Wow! Wonderful!

DespinaTsafetopoulou 10 years ago

"Dance with me" :D

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Wow great spot and series !

MrsPbio 10 years ago

Ava: love it!!! Haha

amazing capture Pedro,realy scarry :-) congrats and thanks for sharing your great spotting page

RiekoS 10 years ago

Isn't this one of kung fu pause? Great spot!

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