California Mantids growing larger in the WTB? garden

Subject:  California Mantis
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
August 18, 2017 8:25 am
Last week, Daniel took this image of this immature California Mantis perched on a primrose.  They sure are growing.  Just yesterday, Daniel found three similar sized California Mantids in the garden.

California Mantis
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2 thoughts on “California Mantids growing larger in the WTB? garden”

  1. I was trying to use your sight to look up a mantid and all I got were pictures and stories of California mantises. The mantid in my yard had the front end of a mantis and the back looked like a wasp. It was about 3-5cm long.

    • According to our records, we currently have 308 Mantis postings in that category, and the vast majority are NOT California Mantids. What you describe sounds like a Mantispid or Mantidfly.


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