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Egyptian Flower Mantis (male)

Blepharopsis mendica

Description:

"Empusids are slender and are identified by the spines on their protibia which have alternatively one long spine and two to four shorter spines. They also have leaf-like lobes on the femora. The antennae of the males are elongate and doubly pectinate (comb-like) rather than thin and bare as usually found in the mantids." ~reference

Habitat:

spotted in a coastal desert wadi

Notes:

Difficult to snap a photo of him as he was so well hidden in the plant, but you can see the comb-like antennae and an interesting spot of blue on the inside leg; aka Devil's Flower Mantis, Thistle Mantis, Arab Mantis

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8 Comments

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 7 years ago

Thanks, injica!

injica
injica 7 years ago

Lovely spotting :) It looks so cute and the colors are again perfect ;)

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 7 years ago

Yes, the antennae are neat, aren't they? Thanks!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Beautiful Mantid, love the unusual antennae.

the antennas looks great. nice spotting.

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 7 years ago

And thank you, ForestDragon, for the ID. Can you have a look at this nymph spotting http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/238..., is it also this species?

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 7 years ago

Thank you, Stefania!

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

Lovely! Possibly Blepheropsis mendica. He looks pretty similar and they are found in your area.

Bernadette S
Spotted by
Bernadette S

دهب, جنوب سيناء, Egypt

Spotted on May 18, 2013
Submitted on Jun 5, 2013

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