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Stagmomantis californica


Gorgeous Mantid nymph with orange/red eyes with creme stripes. The body is dark brown with light stripes all over. When it becomes an adult, the eyes will be plain green to brown but not this pretty color/pattern.


Sunflower in the backyard garden.

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Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 10 years ago

Yes, one of my friends has bred S. californica.

Thank you Gilma!

It is lovely!!

This may be but for now, Bug Guide won't move it past genus. Do you have documentation showing the distinct color difference between the immatures of species?

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 10 years ago

CindyBinghamKeiser do you find S. californica often?

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 10 years ago

1st instar of Stagmomantis californica have these colors and patterns. 1st instar S. limbata are green. 1st instar S. carolina are kind of brownish.

Thank you Karen, Rieko and Noel! It was narrowed down to the genus but like João said, they're nearly impossible to ID at such a young age.

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 11 years ago

Beautiful spot, Cindy!

RiekoS 11 years ago


KarenSaxton 11 years ago

Very nice! never seen one that pretty

Thank you Leuba and João. The eyes are what surprised me. I've never seen a mantid in my area with eyes like this. They've all had plain green eyes, both nymph and adult.

João Burini
João Burini 11 years ago

It is pretty, but impossible to get to species from such a small nymph, they change a lot when growing and could even possibly look as a plain green when adult :)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 years ago

Gorgeous, indeed !

Escondido, California, USA

Spotted on Jun 9, 2013
Submitted on Jun 10, 2013

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