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European Mantis

Mantis religiosa


This was awesome for me because I have never seen a Praying Mantis in California before and they are my favorite type of insect. And we saw not just one but 3 stunning individuals, all with different camouflage which perfectly matched their surroundings.


Josh Asel
Josh Asel 7 years ago

Thank you FoestDragon!

ForestDragon 7 years ago

Beautiful series, Joshua!

I am fairly certain that all three of your lovely Mantids are European Mantises. Mantis religiosa has made itself very comfortable in North America. It has been sold (and may still be) as pest control and has established populations over much of the US and in southern Canada as well.

Here is a link to a page with photos and info on Stagmomantis californica so you can compare.

To see more images of European Mantises please follow the link I provided with the ID suggesiton.

Josh Asel
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Josh Asel

California, USA

Spotted on Oct 19, 2013
Submitted on Oct 21, 2013

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