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Mantid

Stagmomantis limbata

Description:

Green mantis with blue on end of mouth and orange on "arms". Mantis qualify for Wildlife with Super Senses because: "the articulation of the head is also remarkably flexible, permitting nearly 300 degrees of movement in some species, allowing for a great range of vision (their compound eyes may contain up to 10,000 ommatidia and have a large binocular field of vision). The dark spot on each eye is a pseudopupil. As their hunting relies heavily on vision, they are primarily diurnal, but many species will fly at night, especially males in search of less-mobile females whom they can detect through pheromones. Flying at night allows these males to avoid many diurnal bird predators, and many mantises also have an auditory thoracic organ that assists them as they attempt to avoid capture by bats by detecting the presence of the bat's echolocation sounds and responding evasively." - Wikipedia

Habitat:

On currently unknown plant http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/695... near a hiking trail.

Notes:

This mantis has a hair and some yellow flower stuck on its eye. I really wanted to get it off but I think it wouldn't appreciate it :)

2 Species ID Suggestions

Mediterranean Mantid
Iris oratoria Iris oratoria Linne 1758
Ashish
Ashish 10 years ago
California Mantis, Western Green Praying Mantis
Stagmomantis californica Stagmomantis californica


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28 Comments (1–25)

Thank you!

nickashforth
nickashforth 9 years ago

Great find!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

I'm not convinced it's S. californica. We also have S. limbata here and that one was confirmed by BugGuide in another of my spottings.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Welcome Cindy..
Please update ID...
Google Chrome is very helpful for me to find anything related to Project Noah and my office work...!!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Hi Ashish, thank you :) You're most likely correct on the ID. I submitted some of these pics as well as my other Mantis spottings to BugGuide and for some reason, they could only narrow down the genus.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

First shot got with lovely Prayer pose...!!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Cindy... Check this link...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stagmomanti...

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Thank you Carol and Mayra!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 10 years ago

beautifful!!!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 10 years ago

Fantastic!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Thank you Emma. I hope to gain as much knowledge as you when I get 1000 spottings :) Ronald and Amissa have a few video's. My latest favorites are the Moth at http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/712... and a recent spotting of the California Broad-necked Darkling Beetle. Happy spottings!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

Cindy , I became a Ranger last week. Thanks so much for your wishes.
Project Noah is very fortunate to have spotters like you.
BTW Have Ronald and Amissa produced a video?Would like to see that.
i agree that the praying Mantis is adorable and photogenic.

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Thank you Emma and Ivan! They are very photogenic insects and thought I'd spice up the video a bit. Emma, when did you become a Ranger? Congratulations!!!! Very well deserved.

Ivan Rodriguez
Ivan Rodriguez 10 years ago

Extremely well done! Your hard work is clearly shown by these shots and the video. Definitely keep up the amazingness!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

Watched your entertaining video again!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

:) Thanks Emma. I was trying to make it a little more entertaining although nothing near those from Ronald and Amissa!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

fun video!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

I found another Ca Mantis although I believe it's a male. I made a video that was inspired by Ronald and Amissa's great video humor. Enjoy

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

I think she must be a professional model :)

boingercat
boingercat 10 years ago

Wow, gorgeous! Such personality, lol...

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

@Ronald and Amissa, I believe it's a female California Mantis (now that I looked it up after your suggestion) based on its location and markings. Your species suggestion isn't found here according to the site you provided although they look similar. Thank you for helping though. I think she WAS posing :)

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

I love this species too! I was very excited to find it since I've been looking all summer :)

Ronald and Amissa
Ronald and Amissa 10 years ago

That first picture looks like he's posing for you lol

BareFeat
BareFeat 10 years ago

Its awesome how no matter where you move with these guys for a different angle when you look back at the pix, they were watching you the whole time. One of my fav. species. And very helpful w/ the bugs.

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Thank you Ashish :) I try to get a 360 degree view of all my spottings whenever possible.

Escondido, California, USA

Spotted on Aug 24, 2011
Submitted on Aug 24, 2011

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