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Species Iris oratoria - Mediterranean Mantis

Mantis found in Southern California. - Iris oratoria - male what kind of praying mantis is this please? - Iris oratoria - female Praying Mantis IV - Iris oratoria - male mantid - Iris oratoria - male Unknown Mantis - Iris oratoria - male Mantid. Male? - Iris oratoria - male European Mantis? - Iris oratoria - female Brown adult mantid - another Iris? - Iris oratoria - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Mantodea (Mantids)
Family Tarachodidae
Genus Iris
Species oratoria (Mediterranean Mantis)
Explanation of Names
Author: Linne, 1758
Up to 65 mm.
may be distinguished from Mantis religiosa and other mantids of similar general size and shape by the red-orange spot on the ventral side on the fourth (second to last) abdominal segment; also, its cerci are shorter than those of M. religiosa.
Life Cycle
1 and 2. Oothecas. 3. Nymph. 4. Male (displaying)
Non-native. Its range keeps expanding.