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Egyptian Flower Mantis (male)

Blepharopsis mendica


"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


spotted in a coastal desert wadi


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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Bernadette S
Bernadette S 7 years ago

Thanks, 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 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, is it also this species?

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 7 years ago

Thank you, Stefania!

ForestDragon 7 years ago

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

Bernadette S
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Bernadette S

دهب, جنوب سيناء, Egypt

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

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