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Praying Mantis - Mantis religiosa - female

Praying Mantis - Mantis religiosa - Female
San Rafael, Marin County, California, USA
October 28, 2005
I spotted this mantis near a mailbox in our parking lot. Since it was in danger of getting stepped on I moved it along by lightly touching his back leg. I did this twice and on the second time it squirted out two jets of liquid. Not sure if it was just a coincidence that it peed at that moment or if it was sending me a message to leave it alone.

Moved from Mantids.

Could be a Stagmomantis calif
Could be a Stagmomantis californica...

This is a European mantis. Stagmomantis females are never fully-winged as far as I am aware. Plus, note white speckles on inside of front legs.

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