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Subject: California Mantis?
Location: Silver Lake, CA 90039
July 20, 2015 4:04 pm
Hi Daniel,
Found an almost 4″ Mantis hanging out upside down, under one of the patio umbrellas in a shady part of the backyard. It was a very hot sunny morning.
Her body was very thick and wide. Never seen one like this before. But looking at your site & Bug Guide, it looks like California Mantis.
She seemed to be grooming herself while I struggled to get a good shot of her. She seemed very diva-esque, posing and everything. If this is what laid the eggs in the ootheca on our wood fence (which you identified a few months ago), I totally believe it based on her girth!
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Signature: Diane E

Stagmomantis limbata, we believe

Stagmomantis limbata, we believe

Hi Diane,
We actually believe this to be a different native mantis in the same genus as the California Mantis.  This looks more like the Bordered Mantis,
Stagmomantis limbata, based on this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide, the female Bordered Mantis is a:  “Moderately large Mantid. Facial plate (below and between antennae) about twice as wide as long (as for genus), eyes not as protruding as in Carolina Mantid. Females most often fairly plain green (often yellowish abdomen), but sometimes gray, or light brown, with dark spot in middle of tegmina. Tegmina do not completely cover wide abdomen. Hind wings checkered or striped yellow. Blue upper lip more pronounced in females, brighter in green forms and darker in brown forms.”  Now we are having some doubts that we might have misidentified some California Mantids from Mount Washingting because BugGuide states that the California Mantis:  “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.”  At this time, sorting out the two may take a real expert.

Stagmomantis limbata we believe

Stagmomantis limbata we believe

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Subject:  Immature California Mantis
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
July 5, 2015
Since we have been experiencing technical difficulties with our submission form, we have not been receiving the number of identification requests we normally experience at this time of year.  We apologize to all of you who are unable to submit images for identification purposes.  Meanwhile, it is giving us an opportunity to post a few visitors to our offices.  Each year we see several California Mantids in the garden, and this immature hunter was prowling the Hoja Santa leaves for prey.  The next day we saw another individual on the porch light where the moth hunting was quite good.

Immature California Mantis

Immature California Mantis

 

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Subject:  California Mantis Nymph
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
June 30, 2015 10:00 PM
We were thrilled to see this immature California Mantis,
Stagmomantis californicus, crawling up the screen door, moving toward the porch light where the moths were circling.  We love our first Mantis sighting each year, and the porch light is often a lure because of the bounty of food.  This morning, the little guy was perched on the picture window.

Immature California Mantis

Immature California Mantis

Immature California Mantis

Immature California Mantis

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Subject: Hard Shell Mystery
Location: Silver Lake (Los Angeles)
May 24, 2015 4:39 pm
Hi Daniel
A neighbor noticed this disturbingly large hard shelled , something on my fence this afternoon. About 2 1/2″ long, 3/4″ wide , 1/3″ deep. A pupae perhaps? The neighbor poked w/ a stick & it fell off (although it was stuck to the fence quite well), and we lost it in the leaf matter. There’s something very prehistoric about it. Never seen anything like it before.
Signature: Diane E

Mantis Ootheca

Mantis Ootheca

Hi Diane,
This is the Ootheca or Egg Case of a Mantis, and we believe it might be that of a native California Mantis based on these images on BugGuide.  It looks to us like the Ootheca has hatched, likely releasing several hundred tiny Mantids.

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Subject: struggling with this praying mantis
Location: Mindo Ecuador
April 11, 2015 7:31 pm
Hey Its Carl again from the night walks in the cloud forest Ecuador, …
Also struggling with this larvae and praying mantis.
Signature: Thanks Carl

Stal's Hooded Leaf Mantis

Stal’s Hooded Leaf Mantis

Hi again Carl,
We believe your Mantis is Stal’s Hooded Leaf Mantis,
Choerododis stalii, based on this FlickR image and verified on ZooPicture.

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Subject: Is this a type of Mantis?
Location: Chennai
April 12, 2015 7:35 pm
Hello. I’m Nithin from Chennai, India. I found this insect yesterday while i was photographing few insects. This insect was very different because I couldn’t even notice it properly as it looked like a leaf. I tried googling this and i got a result which looked like a Ghost Mantis. And I clicked this picture in the outskirts of Chennai.
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Wandering Violin Mantis

Wandering Violin Mantis

Dear Nithin,
Your image is beautiful.  We believe this is a Wandering Violin Mantis or Indian Rose Mantis,
Gongylus gongylodes.  It appears to be an immature nymph.

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