Subject: Desert runner
Location: White desert, Egypt
December 25, 2012 8:57 am
I encountered this creature in the Egyptian desert. It was about 3 centimeters long and running very fast, and I could only take one picture before it dissapeared. It looks like a nymph, but of what insect?
Signature: Theo Willems
This looks to us like a Desert Pebble Mantis, Eremiaphila zetterstedti. Most Mantids lie in wait to ambush prey, but the Desert Pebble Mantis uses its chases its prey. According to the Insect Store: “They have incredible long legs which they use to run down their prey! Adults have tiny budwings because they never have the need to fly.”
Correction: October 14, 2013
Draco wrote in to inform us that this is a rare Mantis, Heteronutarsus aegyptiacus.