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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.
Signature: Nithin Daniel

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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Subject: Praying Mantis
Location: INDIA
April 12, 2015 2:10 am
I found this praying mantis on January near our garden.. can you identify the species for me.
Signature: SAIF

Possibly Indian Bark Mantis

Possibly Indian Bark Mantis

Dear SAIF,
We discovered an image of the face of an Indian Bark Mantis,
Humbertiella ceylonica, on Project Noah, and we believe it looks very similar to your Mantis.  This image on DeviantArt and this image on DeviantArt both support that identification.  Images on BugzUK also look similar.  We are confident that your individual is a female based on her shorter wings. 

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Subject: Aliens?
Location: Aurora, CO
April 7, 2015 2:43 pm
Found this on my bottle tree, so not on growing wood.
Signature: gesche

Mantis Oothecae

Mantis Oothecae

Dear gesche,
Each Mantis Ootheca should hatch into several hundred hungry baby Mantids.  We wonder if they are a native or an introduced species.  Introduced Mantids from Europe and China are larger and more aggressive than native Mantids and they may be responsible for dwindling numbers of native species.

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Subject: stick-like insect
Location: Bangalore, India
February 23, 2015 10:28 pm
I saw this insect sitting on my window when I woke up. It was on 26th June, 2014.
It has its eyes bulging out, it’s body is pretty long (about 7-10 centimetres) and has a scary mouth.
Signature: Akhil

Mantis

Mantis

Hi Akhil,
Your insect is a Mantis or Mantid, but we are not certain of the species.  Mantids are beneficial predators.

Mantis

Mantis

Hey Daniel,
Thanks for the reply.
You say it’s mantis or mantid. Well even I thought it was one. But the images on Google show that mantis have 6 legs (in which two seem like they’re praying). And also their heads are small. But this insect I saw doesn’t have that praying legs and also its head is huge. It’s mouth is like no other insect’s. It’s hard to say it’s a mantis.
Thank you,
Akhil.

Hi again Akhil,
Your images are not optimal, but take a look at the closeup image.  We believe you are mistaking the raptorial front legs with their toothed, almost serrated edges as a mouth.  The front legs are being held out in front of the head with its huge, bulging eyes.  Though your individual lacks the protuberance on top of the head that this Indian Rose Mantis pictured on the FineArtAmerica site possesses, but you can still see how the contours of the head can be partially obscured by the front legs.

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