DizzyBlonde's picture

Is this a praying mantis?

Observed: 30th July 2011 By: DizzyBlondeDizzyBlonde’s reputation in InvertebratesDizzyBlonde’s reputation in Invertebrates

resting on swimming pool side drain. 12cm long grasshopper or praying mantis of sorts. Front legs are clearly modified & the creature stands on only 4 legs. Very long slender wings too.

    Likely ID
    Praying Mantis (male) (Not sure)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
  • Rivetini
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


ranon.2011's picture

Is this a praying mantis?

It sure looks like many mantis that I came across in Zambia.

Simon Walker's picture

Is This a Preying Mantis?

Yes. People don't expect them in the Mediteranean, but I've seen them as far north as the south of France.

DizzyBlonde's picture

I was very surprised to see

I was very surprised to see them in Cyprus but it's that far away from Africa & the swimming pool attracted a huge variety of wildlife that dropped in for a quick drink!

happyABC's picture

Mantids range farther north than that

Mantis religiosa polonica are found in Poland and western Russia. M. r. beybienkoi in Siberia. And Iris polystictica being in southern Siberia.