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Lovely! Do you have any other views of this mantis? The purple on the femora and lack of stripes on the face could indicate that this is a European Mantis (Mantis religiosa). I don't feel comfortable saying that is the species definitely though. http://bugguide.net/node/view/29517
Praying Mantis...!!Their form changes in colour as per environmental shade.... This one is suitable for greenery and humid climate and weather.
Lat: 35.30, Long: -106.55
Spotted on Jul 20, 2010 Submitted on Jun 1, 2011
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