Subject: Could you please help me put a name to this mantis?
Location: Costa Rica, Heredia Province mountains
July 31, 2012 9:13 am
Found this beautiful mantis with moss camouflage in the north part of the Costa Rican Central Valley (mountains).
Could you please provide me with a scientific name?
Signature: Oscar Blanco
Your photos are stunning and we imagine a Mantis expert should have no problem with a species identity thanks to your specific location information. The best we could come up with in a short time is this similar looking Moss Mimic Mantis from Costa Rica on the Minibeast Wildlife Rainforest Encounters website (with a comment that identifies the genus as Pseudoacanthops) and image on a French Website Elevage de Mantes Exotiques et Francaisesthat looks like a perfect match to your mantis. Alas, we do not speak French, though Costa Rica is mentioned several times in the comments as is the genus name Pseudoacanthops. Perhaps one of our readers will supply some useful information. If you ever learn the answer, please let us know.