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Giant Philippine Mantis

Hierodula sp.


Changed the ID to Hierodula sp. as there are a number of Philippine Hierodula spp. (Nov 21, 2015) ============= Hierodula parviceps, the Asian Marbled Mantis or Giant Philippine Mantis, is a large species, and come in many color ranges of green, brown and beige. This spotting is even bigger that the one I've spotted on March 2013 (, which was only about 5cm long, but this one is about 8cm and has a stouter abdomen.


Backyard, spotted on a yellow alder plant (Turnera ulmifolia).


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Hello Ninyo. The genus Hierodula itself has a common name of "giant Asian mantis". H. parviceps, a Philippine-endemic, is known as the "Philippines Marbled Mantis" or "Giant Philippine Mantis". But in other literature, it is also called as the "Asian Marbled Mantis". Hope this helps a bit. Regards!

Ninyo 5 years ago

Sir i have a hierodula parviceps so is it actually asian marbled mantis or giant asian mantis?

Thanks for the review and added info, Mr. Goldfish. I'll change the ID to Hierodula sp. Regards.

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 6 years ago

I do not know about the 1cm or more part, maybe can be less.

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 6 years ago

Okay... from pictures I have seen on google search of Hierodula it seems like those markings are common different species of Hierodula.

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 6 years ago

Nice pictures of a pretty fat mantis. haha Are you sure of what Hierodula species you have there? Hierodula species look kind of similar to each other and there are several species of Hierodula in the Phillippenes. The size difference of the two Hierodula like mantids you saw might have been because they were a different species (I doubt it though since they both have similar markings in underside of the pronotum and inside of forearms). Though feeding mantises only a little can make a much smaller mantis, but I do not know if that happens much in the wild. The larger abdomen (from eating more) of this female will probably make her 1cm or more longer if you include the abdomen tip when you measure the mantis. After laying an ootheca they get skinny again, and they are skinny when they just molt to adult.

Thanks Arvin! :)

Biñan, Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Aug 5, 2013
Submitted on Sep 18, 2013

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