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Species Gonatista grisea - Grizzled Mantid

Gonatista grisea Male Grizzled Mantis, top view - Gonatista grisea - male Mantid Nymph? - Gonatista grisea Mantis - Gonatista grisea - male Mantid-like Bug??? - Gonatista grisea - female Grizzled Mantid - ? - Gonatista grisea - female Is This a Bark Mantis? - Gonatista grisea - female Grizzled Mantid - 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
Explanation of Names
Gonatista grisea (Fabricius 1793)
36-40 mm
Mottled in various shades of gray, green and brown. Overall body shape is broad and flattened. Pronotum not narrowed ahead of foreleg attachments. Female has short wings, abdomen lobed on sides. In male, wings cover abdomen at rest.(1)
SC-FL; Puerto Rico, Cuba(2), plus one record from the upper coast of TX (BG data)
Usually occurs on tree trunks, sometimes on wooden fences or railings.
Adults overwinter in northern part of range, year-round in FL.
See Also
Liturgusa maya (recently introduced, only in Broward Co., FL) (3) - smaller, with longer antennae and pronotum tapered towards head.
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.Praying Mantises of the United States and Canada
Kris Anderson. 2018. Independently published.