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Species Gonatista grisea - Grizzled Mantid

Florida Bark mantis - Gonatista grisea - female Camouflaged - Gonatista grisea - female Grizzled Mantid - Gonatista grisea Grizzled Mantid - Gonatista grisea Grizzled Mantid - Gonatista grisea Grizzled Mantid - Gonatista grisea - female Ootheca - Gonatista grisea Texas SE Gulf Coast - Gonatista grisea - male
Classification
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)
Size
36-40 mm
Identification
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)
Range
SC-FL; Puerto Rico, Cuba(2); one record from the upper coast of TX (BG data)
Habitat
Usually occurs on tree trunks, sometimes on wooden fences or railings.
Season
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.