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European Mantis

Mantis religiosa

Description:

Found on a backyard tomato plant.

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4 Comments

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 11 years ago

Awesome! Thanks for adding the second image and adding this to the Mantid mission!

SarahTheSlug
SarahTheSlug 11 years ago

Thanks, European Mantis it is!
Those spots are present as seen in the second photo.
Adding to NE mission...

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 11 years ago

Oh, I almost forgot...
This would be a nice addition to the Marvelous Mantids of the North East mission:
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1573...

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 11 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah! It's hard to tell from this angle which species this is. It is either a Chinese Mantid or a European Mantis. Most of the spottings I have seen in your area (on Project Noah) are of the European Mantis, Mantis religiosa. If you have any other views, that might be helpful for ID purposes.

The European Mantis has distinctive spots on the inside of the front legs near the body. It is usually a black dot with a white center like this: http://bugguide.net/node/view/341867

or sometimes just black without the white:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/323166

Here is the link to the Bugguide page for Mantis religiosa: http://bugguide.net/node/view/22947

SarahTheSlug
Spotted by
SarahTheSlug

East Gwillimbury, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Jul 7, 2012
Submitted on Jul 8, 2013

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