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Praying mantis

Mantis religiosa

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4 Comments

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 7 years ago

Chinese Mantids often have colored legs. Might be if they are kept dryer. Color is pretty bad because it varies so much. The beautiful spot I have read that is a good way to identify them though.

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

I agree with Mr. Goldfish that this looks more like Mantis religiosa (thanks for that!). The purple on the legs as well as the yellow on the front legs is more consistent with the European Mantis than the Chinese Mantid (I didn't commit for a reason as nymphs can be a pain).
ykidsruggleslane, did you happen to get a picture of the inside of the front legs? M. religiosa has a distinctive spot : http://bugguide.net/node/view/217805
or
http://bugguide.net/node/view/559593

Chinese Mantids can look similar to yours as well but the legs tend to be solid green:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/789165/bgi...
http://bugguide.net/node/view/698428/bgi...

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 7 years ago

Not Chinese Mantis. Probably Mantis religiosa.
pictures

Mantis religiosa.
http://bugguide.net/node/view/773843/bgi...

Tenodera sinensis
http://bugguide.net/node/view/808406/bgi...

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

Cool find! There is a good chance that this is a Chinese Mantid nymph,Tenodera sinensis sinensis (not fully grown yet). Did you happen to get any other pictures of this critter?

Here is a link to the Bugguide page for the Chinese Mantid: http://bugguide.net/node/view/10098

See what you think!

In addition, I think this would be a great addition to the Marvelous Mantids of the North East mission:
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1573...

ykidsruggleslane
Spotted by
ykidsruggleslane

Massachusetts, USA

Spotted on Jul 19, 2013
Submitted on Jul 19, 2013

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