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mantid 1 - Bistanta mexicana - male

mantid 1 - Bistanta mexicana - Male
near Amado, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA
September 25, 2016
Is this another male Bactromantis mexicana?
How can I best distinguish a female B. mexicana from Thesprotia graminis? I notice that you ID'ed one of my submissions ( as the latter species and I'm wondering what the diagnostic features were- many thanks in advance for your ongoing help John!

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mantid 1 - Bistanta mexicana - male mantid 1 - Bistanta mexicana - male

While both species are small mantids, Bactromantis mexicana is a more substantial insect than is Thesprotia graminis. T. graminis is almost like a pine needle as far as dimensions go.

T. graminis has a longer pronotum (that is the long "neck", actually part of the thorax) relative to the length of the rest of the body than does B. mexicana.

Thank you John-
once again, your explanation was very helpful! I greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your expertise and insights.

Moved from ID Request.

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