European Mantis


The European Mantis is a fairly large, green or brown colored praying mantis.
Males (4.5 cm) are considerably smaller and slimmer than the females (7.5 cm).
The male has antennae that are one third of its body length.
The female has relatively short antennae.
Both sexes have wings.
In general, the European Mantis rarely flies but the male sometimes flies when looking for a female.

Praying Mantises (Mantodea) are distributed worldwide, but are mainly found in warm regions.
About 1800 species are known with only 12 species in southern Europe.

During my walk through the Serras de Aire e Candeeiros Natural Park, I was surprised to find this female praying mantis on my leg (3rd photo).
Carefully I put it in a quiet place to be able to photograph it properly.

Arrimal, Serras de Aire e Candeeiros Natural Park, Portugal, 10 October 2021

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