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Also known as Mediterranean Mantis. Female.
Props to ForestDragon for identifying it correctly.
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What a pose !!
Awesome Shot!I love Mantis'. One of the coolest bugs on the planet!
Wonderful! The first picture reminds me of the movie "Karate Kid". Wax on, wax off!
Very good spotting, Pedro!I agree with ForestDragon, it is Iris oratoria
He wants a hug!
Thanks a lot ForestDragon. I'm completely sold.
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:http://www.flickr.com/photos/nimou/sets/...Here is a nice picture of a female Mantis religiosa in defense display. You can see the differences:http://bugguide.net/node/view/699828/bgi...Link to info on Mantis religiosa:http://bugguide.net/node/view/22947Thanks for sharing this beauty!
Great pose.. I love it. Just like he is doing the kungfu ;)
Stunning pictures Pedro! And I agree with Despina as it looks like a more like a dancing than a praying mantis. Greetings =)
"Dance with me" :D
Wow great spot and series !
Ava: love it!!! Haha
amazing capture Pedro,realy scarry :-) congrats and thanks for sharing your great spotting page
Isn't this one of kung fu pause? Great spot!
Lat: 38.65, Long: -8.21
Spotted on Sep 25, 2010 Submitted on Apr 27, 2013
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