Jump to content

ID needed for Mantises


Inkie14
 Share

Recommended Posts

Hello! Can someone help me identify what species of mantis each of these are? I know the genders, just need to know the species.

Pictures:

http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j459/Inkie14/Mantis3.jpg---Adult Male, probably European Mantis? Unique coloration!

http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j459/Inkie14/Mantis2.jpg---Adult Female, very bright green.

http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j459/Inkie14/Mantis.jpg---Adult Female, she's got significant molting damage. Would like to know species though.

http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j459/Inkie14/MantisNymph.jpg---Greenish brownish nymph. Probably same species as adult green female?

http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j459/Inkie14/Mantis4.jpg---Adult Male with green stripe on wings.

All individuals were caught in the wild in Sacramento, California.

Thank you thank you thank you for any and all help!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Wow, really? The last 4 are all the same species? That's crazy! They all look so different!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

How can you tell from the picture that the nymph is a male?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

How can you tell from the picture that the nymph is a male?

I cannot explain too well. He is slender in body type but other species have slender females. His antennae are slightly thick I think. His pronotum has a lot of curve, but females of other species might have this. The size and shape of his wing-buds. His abdomen tip is male like. He matches in looks the sub-adult males of S. limbata.

The S. limbata adult males have that green stripe on each side of the wings while adult males of S. californica and S. carolina do not. S. limbata females have a "blue lip" while the other two species do not. S. carolina is possibly introduced in your area. Also can you keep a look out for Miomantis caffra? A person on mantidoforum.net in southern part of California found an adult female.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...