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Species Stagmomantis californica - California Mantis

Very small praying mantis - Stagmomantis californica - male Small Praying Mantis - Stagmomantis californica Bakersfield Mantis - Stagmomantis californica - female Small mantis found - Stagmomantis californica - female mantid - Stagmomantis californica Stagmomantis californica or S. limbata? - Stagmomantis californica - male Praying Mantis ootheca? Full or hatched?  - Stagmomantis californica Stagmomantis californica
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Mantodea (Mantids)
Family Mantidae
Genus Stagmomantis
Species californica (California Mantis)
Explanation of Names
Stagmomantis californica Rehn & Hebard 1909
50-65 mm (body)
Green, yellow, brown color phases. Male abdomen has bold dark bands on top. Hind wings mottled to nearly completely suffused with dark brown to near black, with base purplish. Body form similar to other members of its genus.
Generally favors drier areas than related species that might be found with it. Often found with or near S. limbata and difficult to separate from it without looking at wings or abdomen of male. Generally S. californica is very slightly smaller and more slender, on average.
Texas, Colorado to so. California (arid regions, north into Central Valley)
Chaparral, deserts. Largely arboreal, or at least climbing on bushes.
Overwinter as eggs; hatch in spring and summer; adults mostly summer and autumn. Females in particular may sometimes survive well into winter.
Males fly well, and often come to lights, presumably when they are dispersing. Females are more sedentary.
Print References
Works Cited
1.California Insects
Jerry A. Powell, Charles L. Hogue. 1989. University of California Press.
2.Simon & Schuster's Guide to Insects
Dr. Ross H. Arnett, Dr. Richard L. Jacques. 1981. Fireside.