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  •  Great photo and note to lineatus (7+ / 0-)

    These two pictures seem like more or less 'normal' color variation for the large eastern Mantises (which are introduced species).  I don't know if you have the same imports in California or not.  Most native mantises are smaller and brown.

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    by matching mole on Sun Oct 10, 2010 at 10:37:02 AM PDT

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    •  It may also depend on the time of year (3+ / 0-)
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      and whether or not the Mantis is in the middle of a molt. A molting Mantis will have much more dull color, the eyes will be opaque, etc.

      I am on the East Coast, though, FWIW.

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      by Stand Strong on Sun Oct 10, 2010 at 11:51:30 AM PDT

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