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Mantis ID?

Discussion in 'Insects, Other Invertebrates & Arthropods' started by JayDangerVL, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. JayDangerVL

    JayDangerVL Arachnosquire

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    Hey I just caught this mantis outside my house, but I know even less about them than I do about spiders. Can anyone tell me what species this is--and if it's a male or a female? Thanks in advance!

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  2. ShredderEmp

    ShredderEmp Arachnoprince

    It was probably looking for a mate. They mate and then die. It looks like a male so it will either die of the cold, old age, or get its head bitten off by the female.

    When it starts getting cold I would let it go.
     
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  3. looks like a sub mature Eastern praying mantis to me, but what do I know? Try http://bugguide.net
     

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  4. Tenodera

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    Tenodera sinensis, maybe subadult, so it wasn't looking for a mate. Mantis sexing guides are all over the bug-related Internet. If kept indoors the females can sometimes live into January.
     
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  5. Smokehound714

    Smokehound714 Arachnoking Active Member

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    Weird, look at that bowed rear tibia.


    like something disturbed it immediately after a molt
     
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  6. JayDangerVL

    JayDangerVL Arachnosquire

    I thought something seemed wrong with its leg. I found it hobbling around on it sort of awkwardly before I picked it up. :(
     
  7. Tenodera

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    I've had captive ones mismolt and come out that way (or worse...), but I've never seen a wild one with it! Didn't notice until you pointed it out.