What kind of Mantis is this guy?
Location:  Tucson, Arizona
August 25, 2010 5:20 pm
Hey, I live in Arizona. It’s a mild high-90’s day in Tucson, and we’ve had lots of rain, and I came home to find this guy on my door. It doesn’t look exactly like any mantis I’ve seen before. Was only about 2 1/2 – 3 inches long.
Curious, Jonathan

California Mantis

Hi Jonathan,
We believe your mantis is a California Mantis,
Stagomantis californica, and we believe it is an individual female because the wings are so underdeveloped and because of the shape of the abdomen. According to BugGuide there are:  “Green, yellow, brown color phases. Abdomen has dark bands. Body form similar to other members of its genus.” You may compare your image to images on BugGuide, but there are no green specimens on the website at the stage of development of your individual.

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