Praying Mantis - Spain

 Praying Mantis  -  Spain

Observation - Praying Mantis - Spain - Global. Description: This mantis was photographed in southern Spain, Malaga region, near Alhaurin de la Torre. I had originally identified them as Mantis religiosa but now believe them to be a different species. I think they are Hierodula bioculata due to the light coloured s

This mantis was photographed in southern Spain, Malaga region, near Alhaurin de la Torre. I had originally identified them as Mantis religiosa but now believe them to be a different species. I think they are Hierodula bioculata due to the light coloured spot on the elytra and their large size. However I can find very little information on this African species on the net. Looking for confirmation of ID and any information source on them. Thanks.