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Species Gonatista grisea - Grizzled Mantid

Grizzled Mantid - Gonatista grisea - female Male Grizzled Mantis, front/side view - Gonatista grisea - male Ground Mantid or Nymph? - Gonatista grisea ___praying mantis - Gonatista grisea - female Gonatista grisea - male Grizzled Mantid - Gonatista grisea - female Texas SE Gulf Coast - Gonatista grisea - male mantis? - Gonatista grisea - male
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); one record from the upper coast of TX (BG data)
Usually occurs on tree trunks, sometimes on wooden fences or railings.
Adults year-round in FL, overwinter in northern part of range
See Also
Liturgusa maya (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.