Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Palm Desert, CA
December 28, 2012 1:02 pm
Sighted in yard in Palm Desert, CA today(Dec 28, 2012)?
Signature: PK

Mediterranean Mantis

Dear PK,
This appears to be a native Preying Mantis, the California Mantis,
Stagmomantis californica.  You can read about this native species on BugGuide and compare your female to this photo showing both a green and brown color variation.

Mediterranean Mantis

Correction:  Thanks to a comment from one of our readers, we have made an adjustment to the posting to indicate that this is a female Mediterranean Mantis which can be viewed on BugGuide.

Location: California

2 Responses to Mediterranean Mantis

  1. ismart says:

    This mantis is an adult Iris oratoria female. Mediterranean mantis. Not the native Stagmomantis californica, or Stagmomantis limbata.

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