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Thistle mantis

Blepharopsis mendica


Blepharopsis mendica is a species of praying mantis found in North Africa, parts of the Mediterranean, Middle East and southern Asia, and on the Canary Islands. Devil's flower mantis, Egyptian flower mantis, thistle mantis, and Arab mantis are among its common names. In deimatic display, the adult rotates its head and thorax to one side, displaying the bright colors on the insides of its forelegs and the undersides of its hindwings, and holds its wings slightly spread behind the body, making it seem large and threatening.


This cryptic species lives in more or less xeric areas, including both herbaceous vegetation and spiny bushes. The particular color and shape of this genus seem to be well suited for mimicry of the leaves and color pattern of spiny or dry bushes of Mediterranean vegetation and oasis vegetation in deserts. This species usually overwinters as nymphs and the adults appear in spring.


Photos taken @ Taji, Iraq.

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Dijana Serhatlic
Dijana Serhatlic 4 years ago

Thank you, AshleyT.

AshleyT 4 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 4 years ago

What a beauty!

Dijana Serhatlic
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Dijana Serhatlic

محافظة بغداد, Iraq

Spotted on Jun 13, 2007
Submitted on Aug 9, 2016

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