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Genus Thespis

Unknown mantid - Thespis parva - male Tiny Mantis - Thespis parva - female Tiny Mantis - Thespis parva Mantis - Thespis parva - male Unidentified Mantis - Thespis parva - male “Thespis parva“ slender prairie mantis ootheca - Thespis parva Thespis parva? - Thespis parva - male Thespis parva? - Thespis parva - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Mantodea (Mantids)
Family Thespidae
Genus Thespis
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Oligonicella Giglio-Tos 1915(1)
Explanation of Names
Thespis Serville 1831
a single species[-complex] in our area, 4 spp. total(1)
Slender; small "bumps" on top of eyes (not always easily seen); protibiae very short; legs attached at about mid-legth of prothorax • Bistanta and Thesprotia are more slender, with rear part of pronotum 2‒4 times as long as the front one
se. US (north to SC‒MO‒NE) to Panama(1)
Works Cited
1.Dr. Fothergill's little gray American mantis: Taxonomic revision of Thespis Serville, 1831
Anderson K. 2022. Soothsayer, J. Mantodea Res. 3(1): 48‒103.