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Mantis Mating - Stagmomantis limbata - male - female

Mantis Mating - Stagmomantis limbata - Male Female
Jackson, CA sierra foot hills, Amador County, California, USA
September 28, 2010
This little scenario has been going on all day. 4 male mantis have been clinging to this large female. My question is will all of them contribute to the babies? There were four others standing on the side line and another smaller female I believe. Mantis are my favorite insect. I was wondering if by tomorrow all their bodies will be lying on the ground?

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Your slender ones in the grass might be
Yersiniops, but that's just a guess to file for future reference when you look at them again. The genus may not even be in your area.

 
Thank you
Thanks David. I have been looking for the californica(sp?)but I only seem to have the s limbata. I didn't see any of the beige skinny ones in the grass this year. I am just learning things. Thanks again.

Moved
Moved from Mantids.

Stagmomantis limbata
Amazing sight.... Those are Stagmomantis limbata (Arizona mantis). Female will only accept a spermatophore from the males. Usually the first male that connected with the female.

 
Thanks
Wow thanks. I love my mantis. I have a few different kinds I think. I have long thin ones like the ones in the pic but they are cream colored and I find them in the wheat grass. maybe they are the same kind but they adapt to their color environment?? could that be? I was thrilled to catch this on film. She is down to just one now and they are locked. I had 19 all together! I always have a lot of them every season. So the Arizona mantis can be in northern Ca.? thank you for the information. I will post a pic of them still together.

 
This species can have several
This species can have several color morph. Humidity, environment, lighting, and genetic are several factors for the body color. Most of them will be green. Stagmomantis limbata is widespread on Western part of the USA while Stagmomantis carolina is more common on the east.

 
Thank you
Thank you Yen. this lady has been on my wall everyday since I posted this. she has been connected to at least 7 males in those days. she is still there today with yet another male waiting to hook up. I hope she lays her egg sack where I can watch it. Also at one point there were 31 males surrounding her. It was remarkable.


Thanks a bunch