Unusual mantis?
Location: Corona, CA
August 16, 2011 7:48 pm
I love your site, and visit every time I notice an unusual insect to try to identify it.
I was taking a short break after pulling some weeds this afternoon and found this unusual-looking (to me) mantis. In fact, just a couple seconds after I noticed it, it grabbed the fly you see it eating. (Yay mantis!)
Anyways, we have a lot of Stagmomantis californica around here every summer — I was happy to see a bunch of 3/4-inch babies when I was gardening the week before last — but I’ve never seen one quite like this. I looked at all the photos on your site and didn’t find anything quite like it. It’s about 2 inches long, so it’s not newly hatched, but it has a ”curled” thorax and no visible wings(?). Plus it’s obviously brown, which I also haven’t seen here before(??). I’m going to assume it is in fact a Stagmomantis californica, but at interesting development stage…and soo cute!
Thanks again for your interesting and entertaining site.
Signature: kasey15

Immature California Mantis

Hi kasey15,
We are going to go out on a limb and identify this immature Preying Mantis as a California Mantis based on the frequency of their sightings in your area as well as its similarity to this photo posted on BugGuide that also contains numerous comments on the curling of the abdomen, not the thorax.  We normally try to do our postings in the morning, but today we have personal commitments, and we are not certain how many posts we will be able to make before signing off for the day.

Location: California

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