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Iris Mantis

Iris oratoria

Description:

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



1 Species ID Suggestions

Mediterranean Mantis, female
Iris oratoria Iris oratoria


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29 Comments (1–25)

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Ballerina!

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 5 years ago

There is now a global mission for mantids! Please consider adding your wonderful spotting to this mission: http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1573...

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

ceejayalyssa
ceejayalyssa 6 years ago

awesome :D

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 6 years ago

Epic :)

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

Wow!

zepcheok
zepcheok 6 years ago

Great shot!

KarenL
KarenL 6 years ago

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

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...

SandraPereira
SandraPereira 6 years ago

What a pose !!

KrantiAzad
KrantiAzad 6 years ago

cool !

Fly Fisher
Fly Fisher 6 years ago

Awesome Shot!

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

BugGirl
BugGirl 6 years ago

Wonderful!

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

arlanda
arlanda 6 years ago

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

He wants a hug!

PedroNicolau
PedroNicolau 6 years ago

Thanks a lot ForestDragon. I'm completely sold.

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 6 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:
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/22947

Thanks for sharing this beauty!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 6 years ago

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

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 6 years ago

Great series!

patty
patty 6 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
MayraSpringmann 6 years ago

Wow! Wonderful!

"Dance with me" :D

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Wow great spot and series !

MrsPbio
MrsPbio 6 years ago

Ava: love it!!! Haha

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

RiekoS
RiekoS 6 years ago

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

PedroNicolau
Spotted by
PedroNicolau

Portugal

Lat: 38.65, Long: -8.21

Spotted on Sep 25, 2010
Submitted on Apr 27, 2013

Spotted for Mission

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