Subject: California Mantis?
Location: Silver Lake, CA 90039
July 20, 2015 4:04 pm
Found an almost 4″ Mantis hanging out upside down, under one of the patio umbrellas in a shady part of the backyard. It was a very hot sunny morning.
Her body was very thick and wide. Never seen one like this before. But looking at your site & Bug Guide, it looks like California Mantis.
She seemed to be grooming herself while I struggled to get a good shot of her. She seemed very diva-esque, posing and everything. If this is what laid the eggs in the ootheca on our wood fence (which you identified a few months ago), I totally believe it based on her girth!
See all our mantids: http://redcarproperty.blogspot.com/search/label/Praying%20Mantis
Signature: Diane E
We actually believe this to be a different native mantis in the same genus as the California Mantis. This looks more like the Bordered Mantis, Stagmomantis limbata, based on this BugGuide image. According to BugGuide, the female Bordered Mantis is a: “Moderately large Mantid. Facial plate (below and between antennae) about twice as wide as long (as for genus), eyes not as protruding as in Carolina Mantid. Females most often fairly plain green (often yellowish abdomen), but sometimes gray, or light brown, with dark spot in middle of tegmina. Tegmina do not completely cover wide abdomen. Hind wings checkered or striped yellow. Blue upper lip more pronounced in females, brighter in green forms and darker in brown forms.” Now we are having some doubts that we might have misidentified some California Mantids from Mount Washingting because BugGuide states that the California Mantis: “Generally favors drier areas than related species that might be found with it. Often found with or near S. limbata and difficult to separate from it without looking at wings or abdomen of male. Generally S. californica is very slightly smaller and more slender, on average.” At this time, sorting out the two may take a real expert.