Unknow mantid species, from western Colorado
September 5, 2009
I found a matid on a camping trip in Colorado. It is not the European mantid and I am having trouble figuring out what species it is. It is about two inches long, brown with grey “spots” and a white and gray spotted stripe down the side of the body on the wings. It is similar in form to the european mantid, but slightly smaller and more slender. I found it in a restroom near Grand Junction, CO, in August.
Colorado National Monument
WE believe this is a California Mantis, Stagomantis californica, but we would not rule out the possibility that this is a Slim Mexican Mantis, Oligonicella mexicana. Perhaps someone with more skill than we have will be able to assist in this ID.
Update from Eric Eaton
September 6, 2009
I agree with all three of your identifications. Nice work. The mantis is a male, and extremely pale with few markings, making it a real tough specimen to identify.