26 Feb 2016

Desert Mantis

The mantids in the Saudi Arabia include both praying mantids and ground mantids, with a total of 46 species are known from Arabia and many are likely to occur in Saudi Arabia. One of the best known is the beautiful green and white Lappet Mantis Blepharopsis mendica nuda, found on vegetation such as Euphorbia larica or, in the case of the male insects, attracted to lights at night. Another common species is the cryptically coloured Ground Mantis Eremiaphila baueri also known as the Desert Mantis. I would like to thank Mansur Al Fahad for identifying the insect for me.
Desert Mantis

Desert Mantis

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