August 2, 2012 9:37 pm
I found this Mantis in Iraq back in 2007. Over the past few years I keep meaning to send in the pictures but I keep forgetting. I thought it looked rather unique and just wanted to share it with other insect lovers. Photos were taken in early May 2007.
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A web search of “mantis Iraq” quickly produced a matching photo of an Egyptian Flower Mantis on the Arthropods of Iraq blog. The species, Blepharopsis mendica, is also known as the Devils Flower Mantis. Upon searching our archives with the scientific name, we found this posting from 2010 of a nymph that we identified as having he common name Checkered Mantis. We love both of your photos, and the threat posture is especially dramatic.