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MANTIS - European Dwarf Mantis

Female, brown form (wild specimen) - courtesy of Nicolas Moulin

European Dwarf Mantis (Ameles spallanzania)

Size: 10 - 30mm

Location: Southern Europe, Morocco, Algeria

Habitat: Low vegetation, small bushes, dry meadows

Diet: Insects

Description: Green, grey or brown mantid. Small size, with narrow thorax and bulbous abdomen. Large pointed eyes on a trianguar head and long antennae. Long wings that reach the tip of the abdomen. Front pair of legs broaden in to modified arms for catching prey

Female - only have small wing vestiges (for this reason they cannot fly). The feamle also curls her abdomen upwards

 

Female, brown form (wild specimen) - courtesy of Nicolas Moulin

MANTIS - European Dwarf Mantis









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