Praying Mantis (Stagmomantis
|| Mexico, Nicaragua, Central-Southeastern USA,
Panama, Trinidad, Venezuela, Belize, Costa
Rica, French Guyana, Guatemala.
Adults get about 3.5cm. This specie is variable
in color and camouflage and is very hardy. You can
get pure green, tan, gray, bark colored and almost
black specimens emerging from the same ootheca.
Both sexes are quite active until the last few instars.
Their ootheca is laid upon a flat enough surface,
it has a slightly squashed look and is wider, but
will contain the same number of eggs. The ootheca
is about 15-25mm long and can contain from 20- 60
nymphs. It is also is covered with a small insulation
layer. As the winters in this species range can
become quite severe (-30C or more), is seems apparent
that this layer insulates from radiant heat rather
than cold. A healthy ootheca has a clear light brown
to grayish appearance with a nicely round-shouldered
shape. An ootheca laid by an infertile female will
be greatly malformed, with a "melted plastic"
sort of look.
Diet: Diurnal insects, Drosophila, houseflies,
crickets, flour worms, caterpillars, butterflies,
bees. The feed must be very diversified. To the
newly hatched larvae must be promptly offered Drosophila
Few weeks old nymph.
Green adult female.
Brown adult female.
Special thanks to Richard from http://www.timeimage.com for these clips (this is the same mantis that i
took pictures of on the top of the page).
Dark brown adult female.