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Photo#1431704
Brown adult mantid - another Iris? - Iris oratoria - male

Brown adult mantid - another Iris? - Iris oratoria - Male
Lucerne Valley High School on Rabbit Springs Road, San Bernardino County, California, USA
August 28, 2017
Size: ca 7 cm
Found at lights around dawn.

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Brown adult mantid - another Iris? - Iris oratoria - male Brown adult mantid - another Iris? - Iris oratoria - male Brown adult mantid - another Iris? - Iris oratoria - male Brown adult mantid - another Iris? - Iris oratoria - male Brown adult mantid - another Iris? - Iris oratoria - male

Moved
I'm inclined to go with Iris oratoria, although I can't rule out a male Stagmomantis of some kind. He appears pale; I don't know if this is the result of a recent molt or is just an effect from the lighting/background.

 
Thanks John -
it sounds like I should attempt to pick these guys up and photograph the ventral abdomen? They're kinda intimidating creatures, and I worry about getting bit... :)

 
Grab 'em
Grab 'em by the pronotum. After a couple times you'll be able to do it even when you run into a particularly feisty specimen. Once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to open the wings, which is really helpful in IDing these critters. Iris oratoria will often display when they feel threatened, giving you a view of the wings.

 
Gotcha -
I'll give it a try, if I can get over the initial "fear factor". :)

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