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Praying Mantis - Mantis religiosa - male

Praying Mantis - Mantis religiosa - Male
Lake Elizabeth, Fremont, Alameda County, California, USA
August 21, 2009
Is it a Mantis religiosa even though there is no white inside the black spots?

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Praying Mantis - Mantis religiosa - male Praying Mantis - Mantis religiosa - male Praying Mantis - Mantis religiosa - male

European mantis
A white dot inside the black spot is not the requirement for this species identification. The one without white spot will still be able to breed with the one with white spot and bear viable ootheca. The pic you have there is an adult male Mantis religiosa.

 
Threat Display
Too bad you don't have a pic of a female threat display as it is quite a colorful sight!

 
BugGuide Does...
BugGuide does indeed have a "threat display" photo.

 
New female mantid display photos
I've just posted these of this mantis displaying. I have a video too, which shows it bobbing and weaving and striking out. I'll try to upload it.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/1284717

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

very nice! + thought about arm spots
I think the underarm patches on Euro mantis are black with white centers, kind of a bullseye appearance. This looks different, but.. maybe it's within normal for the species? Let's see what the experts think.


 
That's What I Thought
See my comment below.

Someone else asks the same thing:

 
Euro mantids minus white patch
Guess the Oreo center wasn't a mandatory dress code :)
Maybe the description page should get a tweak/additional note. Hopefully somebody on BG that knows the species well addresses this point/post. If not, maybe it would make a good forum question.

 
Forum Post
I asked for an explanation at this forum.

Nice display!
You must have pissed it off! =) Makes for some nice shots.

 
Bird did it...
A Black Phoebe from inside the willow startled the mantis as the mantis flew onto an outside leaf. Later, it closed up its wings and walked up into the other leaves. I have a movie of that part but no single images.

Is it a Mantis religiosa even though there is no white inside the black spots?

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