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Species Gonatista grisea - Grizzled Mantid

Grizzled Mantid - Gonatista grisea - female Gonatista grisea - female Mantis - Gonatista grisea Grizzled Mantid - Gonatista grisea - male Male Grizzled Mantis, front/side view - Gonatista grisea - male Mantis of some sort - Gonatista grisea Mantis of some sort - Gonatista grisea Mantid-like Bug??? - Gonatista grisea - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Mantodea (Mantids)
Family Liturgusidae
Genus Gonatista
Species grisea (Grizzled Mantid)
Other Common Names
Lichen Mimic Mantid, Florida Bark Mantid
36-40 mm
Mottled gray, green and brown and overall body shape is broad and flattened. Pronotum not narrowed ahead of point where frong legs attached. Female has short wings, abdomen lobed on side. In male, wings cover abdomen at rest (1).
May be found in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. May also be found in Puerto Rico and Cuba (2). Helfer (1) gives range as "South Carolina to Florida and Cuba".
Print References
Helfer, p. 29, fig. 42 (1)
Ehrmann, p. 158 (2)
West & Ridl, p. 101 (3)
Works Cited
1.How to Know the Grasshoppers, Cockroaches, and Their Allies
Jacques R. Helfer. 1962. Wm. C. Brown Company.
2.MANTODEA Gottesanbeterinnen der Welt
Reinhard Ehrmann. 2002. Natur und Tier-Verlag.
3.How to Photograph Insects and Spiders
Larry West, Julie Ridl. 1994. Stackpole Books.