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European Mantis

Mantis Religiosa


3 inch long light brown mantis


Small field filled with goldenrod and Queen Anne's lace.

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ForestDragon 10 years ago

Cool find! I am pretty sure this is a Mantis religiosa vs. Tenodera sinensis (Chinese Mantid). The Chinese Mantid has stripes on the face, where yours does not. The European Mantis has a large spot that is either black or white with a black rim on the inside of the front legs near the body (sometimes referred to as the armpit area). It looks like your mantis has that though there is no picture with the front legs apart.

Additionally, Chinese Mantids have a green edging on their wings when they are in brown form, like this:

You can follow the link I provided with the ID suggestions and look through the images to compare to yours (especially the brown ones).

I know you already have 5 missions assigned to this spotting but if you feel like changing one up, this would be a nice addition to the Marvelous Mantids of the North East mission:

Chris Burns
Spotted by
Chris Burns

Vermont, USA

Spotted on Sep 15, 2013
Submitted on Sep 15, 2013

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