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Mantis Nymph

Empusidae family

Description:

"The nymph and adult insect are structurally quite similar, except that the nymph is smaller and has no wings or functional genitalia. The nymphs are also sometimes colored differently from the adult, and the early stages are often mimics of ants. A mantis nymph increases in size (often changing its diet as it does so) by replacing its outer body covering with a sturdy, flexible exoskeleton and molting when needed. Molting can happen from five to ten times, depending on the species. After the final molt most species have wings, though some species are wingless or brachypterous ("short-winged"), particularly in the female sex." ~wiki

Habitat:

spotted on a Schouwia purpurea plant in a coastal desert wadi

Notes:

possibly Empusa sp.; ID via email by Dr. Francis Gilbert

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13 Comments

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 11 years ago

ID added

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 11 years ago

Many thanks, Satyen and Mona!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 11 years ago

Very nice series Bernadette

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Beautiful series Bernadette!

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 11 years ago

Thank you Noel, Stefania, and Cindy!

Great series and spotting, Bernadette!

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 11 years ago

Awesome spot!

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 11 years ago

Thank you, Jemma and naross! This little guy looks similar in shape to a bigger mantis I spotted in the same wadi: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/238...

naross
naross 11 years ago

Very impressive, Bernadette. I've never seen a mantis quite like it. Great series, and cheers for the detailed description.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 11 years ago

cute,

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 11 years ago

Thank you RiekoS and Gerardo! Our desert wadis are so full of life these days. :-)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Great spot and series !

RiekoS
RiekoS 11 years ago

Nice spotting.

Bernadette S
Spotted by
Bernadette S

جنوب سيناء, Egypt

Spotted on May 18, 2013
Submitted on May 18, 2013

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