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Female Empusa fasciata

Empusa fasciata


A female Empusa fasciata mantis (I don't know if there is a common name available for her species), spotted near Kypseli village, Epirus region, Greece... She was standing on the branch of that clematis vine, near her fresh ootheca, and she seemed pretty upset, having me around :) Anyway, I just snapped the pics and leaved her alone with her eggs...Isn't she adorable?


The genus name Empusa means a "demonic creature, that enters the nightmares of people"...

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I'm glad you like it, dear @Bernadette S :)
I was always wondering how did the old entimologists choose some of the insect families/genuses and species names...Their knowledge must have been enormous...

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 9 years ago

Ooooh, yes, that's a much more interesting name now that I know what it means!

Α real lady, dear @LarryGraziano :D

LarryGraziano 9 years ago

what an elegant mantis

Thank you dear @Adarsha :)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 9 years ago

Lovely capture Despina :)

Thank you dear @Atul :)

Atul 9 years ago

Awesome series :)

Dear @RiekoS, thank you :)

RiekoS 9 years ago

Very nice.

Dear @Bernadette, I know that this name is given to empusa pennata species...I really like the name Empusa and I think I'll keep it as it is, (it means a "demonic creature, that enters the nightmares of people")...
But although the name is a bit scary, the very insect is gorgeous :)

Thank you dear @Mona Pirih...

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 9 years ago

I believe others in this genus are called "Cone-headed Mantis"

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 9 years ago

Lovely series..

Thanks @Foivos :D
(I did my best with her <3)

Foivos 9 years ago

Great macro capture!


Spotted on Jul 22, 2013
Submitted on Jul 27, 2013

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