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Some kind of praying mantis...species/sex? - Iris oratoria - male

Some kind of praying mantis...species/sex? - Iris oratoria - Male
Glendale/No. Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
June 9, 2012
Size: 2 - 2 1/2 inches
My cat had this mantis cornered in our backyard last night. It was dark but we had outside lights. He/she was in complete attack mode and we were surprised at the beautiful markings. Not like any mantis we ever saw growing up in NE Pennsylvania. This was much smaller and had black eyes instead of green that we were accustomed to. Can anyone identify species and sex? I took this pic with my Droid. Came out quite beautiful, don't you think?

Moved from Iris.

Moved from ID Request.

... Mediterranean mantis, Iris oratoria ?

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Thanks indeed is the same species even though the head & eyes seem bigger on mine. so very colorful!!

I. oratoria. This is a male.

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Thanks John...i believe you are correct...i felt so honored to have been able to capture these photos. He was so beautiful. We have Mediterranean house geckos and now Mediterranean mantis....who the heck brought them to Az??? lol

The global economy spreads them far and wide...some of our most recognizable North American mantids are foreigners. Some are spread via ootheca sales on catalogues and internet, while others are popular as "pets".

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