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Brown mantis - Litaneutria ocularis - female

Brown mantis - Litaneutria ocularis - Female
Tucson, Arizona, USA
July 19, 2008
Size: 3 cm
Not sure where to start with these. Please let me know what additional views/details would help to ID this.

Moved from Ground Mantids.

Ground mantis
It is an adult female ground mantis, most likely Litaneutria minor. I saw one in Tucson in late August.

What would you need to see to know the species for sure?

dead specimen
It is difficult to identify the species name just by photos as many species appear very similar to each other without going into details such as hind wing colors and femur spikes pattern. Adult male usually provides the key to species not female. A specimen on hand is required, Texas A&M here has a good source of key to identify native species. A dead specimen preserve in 70% alcohol is the best way if live mantis cannot be obtained.

Ground mantis.
Immature or adult female ground mantis, genus Litaneutra.

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