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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 8 years ago


ForestDragon 8 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 9 years ago

awesome :D

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 9 years ago

Epic :)

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago


zepcheok 9 years ago

Great shot!

KarenL 9 years ago

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

SandraPereira 9 years ago

What a pose !!

KrantiAzad 9 years ago

cool !

Fly Fisher
Fly Fisher 9 years ago

Awesome Shot!

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

BugGirl 9 years ago


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

arlanda 9 years ago

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

He wants a hug!

PedroNicolau 9 years ago

Thanks a lot ForestDragon. I'm completely sold.

ForestDragon 9 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 9 years ago

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

LuisStevens 9 years ago

Great series!

patty 9 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 9 years ago

Wow! Wonderful!

"Dance with me" :D

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Wow great spot and series !

MrsPbio 9 years ago

Ava: love it!!! Haha

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

RiekoS 9 years ago

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

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