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Giant African mantis

Sphodromantis viridis


Despite its scientific name (viridis is Latin for green) this insect ranges in color from bright green to dull brown. Females can reach 10 centimetres (3.9 in) in length. Due to the sexual dimorphism typical of mantises, the male is much smaller. Females may also be distinguished from males as they have six segmented abdomens compared to an eight segmented abdomens of the males. As adults, both sexes have a distinctive white spot on their wings. They have a yellowish color on their inner foreleg distinguishable from the black eyespot and white dots of the European mantis Mantis religiosa with whom it shares some range.


A variety of habitats, but seems to prefer sunny areas of green growth dominated by shrubbery or herbaceus plants.


Mantises are exclusively predatory

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The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Muy bonita!

Muy buena e interesante....

Comunidad Valenciana / Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Lat: 38.66, Long: 0.05

Spotted on Apr 22, 2011
Submitted on Apr 22, 2011

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