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European Mantis - Mantis religiosa - female

European Mantis - Mantis religiosa - Female
In Westwood - elevation 5100ft, Lassen County, California, USA
October 15, 2018
Size: Body length 44mm
I was not expecting this display of it's colors. I think perhaps the camera's flash startled it!

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European Mantis - Mantis religiosa - female European Mantis - Mantis religiosa - female European Mantis - Mantis religiosa - female

check this out!
check out this amazing display!

this one is
it looks like this one is walking on it's raptorial legs.

heh heh. whoops. i meant tars
heh heh. whoops. i meant tarsae.

how come the mantid's raptori
how come the mantid's raptorial legs don't have any coxae?(coxae means feet)

 
Good question!
First please see this drawing of some insect legs:


The coxae (singular: coxa) are the parts of the insect that connects the insect's legs the the insect's body. An insect foot is called a tarsus. The Mantis only walks with four of its legs; and The front legs, of course, are modified into raptorial legs, and are not usually used as walking legs. Instead the front raptorial legs, as you know. are adapted for catching other bugs for food. Please see this close up photo of this mantid's raptorial legs:

The first big segment is a greatly elongated coxa, the next big segment, with spines, is the femur, attached the the femur is the smaller tibia which ends as a red hard pointed spur - visible on the raptorial leg in the background. Attached to the tibia is the thin little tarsus, which is reduced in size compared to the other 4 tarsi used for walking.

nice pics! the european manti
nice pics! the european mantis is one of my favorite insects and my favorite mantid. i especially love their wing display.

 
Yea...
... this was a pretty kool mantis. He was displaying is wings to try and scare me!

 
if the wing display doesn't w
if the wing display doesn't work, than the raptorial legs...STRIKE!

 
Yea...
... that is what the mantis did a couple of times when the camera lens got to close!

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