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#1 Offline MrPurpleB - Posted March 9 2021 - 2:29 AM

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Found in a backyard garden. There are a couple of mantid nymphs outside, I caught a few. I hope this image helps.

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#2 Offline Zeiss - Posted March 9 2021 - 3:21 AM

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Can you get me a clear picture of the face?  I would like to see the outlines of the different exoskeleton sections on it.  I'm fairly certain this is Stagmomantis, but not exactly sure past the genus.  Most likely it is S. limbata, since that is one of the most common species we have in southern California.


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#3 Offline antsandmore - Posted March 9 2021 - 8:30 AM

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Can you get me a clear picture of the face?  I would like to see the outlines of the different exoskeleton sections on it.  I'm fairly certain this is Stagmomantis, but not exactly sure past the genus.  Most likely it is S. limbata, since that is one of the most common species we have in southern California.

I'm not so sure. I don't think Stagmomantis limbata nymphs look like this, although I am not completely sure. I have seen a nymph of the same kind in the picture, but I can't remember what it was.


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#4 Offline Zeiss - Posted March 9 2021 - 4:42 PM

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Can you get me a clear picture of the face?  I would like to see the outlines of the different exoskeleton sections on it.  I'm fairly certain this is Stagmomantis, but not exactly sure past the genus.  Most likely it is S. limbata, since that is one of the most common species we have in southern California.

I'm not so sure. I don't think Stagmomantis limbata nymphs look like this, although I am not completely sure. I have seen a nymph of the same kind in the picture, but I can't remember what it was.

I'm pretty sure this is Stagmomantis, saying S. limbata is based on it being the most common species you will come across in southern California.  Colors on Stagmomantis vary a lot if you're basing it off of that.


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#5 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted March 9 2021 - 7:54 PM

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I agree with Stagmomantis. However, I’m not sure what the actual species is. 


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#6 Offline MrPurpleB - Posted March 10 2021 - 1:12 AM

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I tried taking some phots of the mantid. This is the same mantid as the one in the video, it died not too long ago. I decided to freeze it. I apologize for the unclear images, the microscope I have is a borrowed microscope and it is not that strong. 

 

Additionally, the last photo is of a mantid I found this past December. It was found in near the same spot as the nymphs. It was a female adult praying mantid. I never was able to get that one identified. I am sharing that picture as well, since its possibly the same species of the nymphs I caught. Hope this helps!

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#7 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted March 10 2021 - 5:29 AM

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May I ask why you decided to kill it? 



#8 Offline MrPurpleB - Posted March 10 2021 - 10:40 AM

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May I ask why you decided to kill it?

I did not kill it. I found it dead in the enclosure I had it in.

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#9 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted March 10 2021 - 3:09 PM

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May I ask why you decided to kill it?

I did not kill it. I found it dead in the enclosure I had it in.

 

" I decided to freeze it." Then what did you mean by that? Sorry I'm just confused.



#10 Offline MrPurpleB - Posted March 10 2021 - 4:04 PM

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May I ask why you decided to kill it?

I did not kill it. I found it dead in the enclosure I had it in.
" I decided to freeze it." Then what did you mean by that? Sorry I'm just confused.

"it died not too long ago. I decided to freeze it." After I found it dead, I placed the mantis in a freezer. I do this in order to preserve and later pin insects.

I see where the confusion may have come from. I hope that clears up the confusion.

#11 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted March 10 2021 - 4:05 PM

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May I ask why you decided to kill it?

I did not kill it. I found it dead in the enclosure I had it in.
" I decided to freeze it." Then what did you mean by that? Sorry I'm just confused.

"it died not too long ago. I decided to freeze it." After I found it dead, I placed the mantis in a freezer. I do this in order to preserve and later pin insects.

I see where the confusion may have come from. I hope that clears up the confusion.

 

I see, thanks. Well that's cool that you are pinning it.


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