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Species Oligonicella scudderi

Oligonicella scudderi  - Oligonicella scudderi - male Mantid - Oligonicella scudderi - male Tiny Mantis - Oligonicella scudderi - female Unidentified Mantis - Oligonicella scudderi - male Unidentified Mantis - Oligonicella scudderi - male mantid - Oligonicella scudderi - male Oligonicella scudderi? - Oligonicella scudderi Oligonicella scudderi? - Oligonicella scudderi
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Mantodea (Mantids)
Family Thespidae
Genus Oligonicella
Species scudderi (Oligonicella scudderi)
Explanation of Names
Oligonicella scudderi (Saussure 1870)
26-37 mm
Brown, slender, female has reduced wings. Hind portion of pronotum not much longer than front portion(1)
Little published information exists on differences between O. bolliana & O. scudderi. O. bolliana was described from material from Dallas, TX and Mexico. Scudder (1896) suggested that they are probably the same thing. Blatchley (1921) stated "A Texan form, O. bollianus Sauss. & Zehnt., is regarded by the same authorities as only a form of O. scudderi" (Rehn & Hebard 1931)
US east of Great Plains, from MD-NE to TX into Mexico
Most often found in fall(2)
Life Cycle
Males come to lights
See Also
Bactromantis mexicana, Stagmomantis carolina
Works Cited
1.How to Know the Grasshoppers, Cockroaches, and Their Allies
Jacques R. Helfer. 1962. Wm. C. Brown Company.
2.Insects of the Texas Lost Pines (W.L. Moody, Jr., Natural History Series, No. 33)
Stephen W. Taber, Scott B. Fleenor. 2003. M University Press.