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Photo © Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved
Briones Regional Park, Contra Costa County, CA, USA (Google, OSM)
37.943966, -122.139789
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Not sure why its eyes appear blue. Contrast and saturation are bumped, but they were blueish. I'm calling this M. religiosa due to the dark marks on the inner surfaces of the first femurs.

Aug. 12, 2012 01:27:29 -0700
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Praying Mantis - Photo (c) Claudio, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
kueda's ID: Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa)
Posted by kueda over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Beautifully composed images, with terrific detail. I'd never seen a mantis adapted to blend into a sandy background—only shades of green and brown.

Posted by annebatten over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Almost all the mantises I've found in the grasslands around here are this color, presumably to blend in with the dead annual grasses. I don't think they're albino, but now that I think of it, I'm not sure what the mechanism is for color variation in mantids. Is it pigment from the creatures they eat, or are they capable of changing color based strictly on visual cues?

Posted by kueda over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Praying Mantis - Photo (c) Claudio, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
kueda's ID: Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa)
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