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Photo#462049
Mantis at my office window - Mantis religiosa - male

Mantis at my office window - Mantis religiosa - Male
Fort Bragg, Mendocino County, California, USA
September 29, 2010
Size: 3-4''

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Mantis religiosa
It's a male European mantis. The underarm marks are clearly visible in the associated photos, plus it just "looks like" M. religiosa. As for range, they are wide-ranging due to ootheca sales.

Click the data and image tabs and you'll find this species is widespread in California.

 
Thanks
Thank you. That's interesting.

I'd vote for European Mantis male
I think I can see the black/white spots under the front legs, and the reddish coloring along the green wings is also sort of characteristic, I believe.

 
I see what you mean--still: 4"?
Now that you mention it, I can see those characteristics too. As far as size goes--do European Mantids get to 4" or might the size of this specimen be over-estimated?

 
Maybe a little over, but not by much...
...definitely not less than 3 in. Next time I'll grab my ruler along with my camera :) I could count the holes in the screen! Here are a few more shots.

 
female Euro mantid that big
I've run across females that were around 4 inches, but not males. As with the big fish that got away, maybe the estimate was a little bigger than the actual critter :-)

idea.. European Mantis Male

 
Not sure about that--due to size and range
Bugguide's info page says that the Eurpoean Mantis gets to only 60 mm (~2.4 inches) and that it occurs in the Eastern US. I'm not an expert, but given the size and location I'd guess this is a Chinese Mantid or something else in Tenodera.

 
Chinese mantid - color seems different
I think the color of this specimen is different than typical Tenodera.
Another possibility would be Stagmomantis, but males I've seen don't look quite like this either. Though.. what I've seen are not CA species. Last, European mantid definitely has records in CA, the whole west coast actually. Have a look here:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/22947/data

Tenodora - Chinese mantid, color diff


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