Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mantid size comparison


These are two mature female mantids. The little brown one is S. californica, and the big green one is S. limbata.



I felt a little uneasy having them so close to each other on the rim of the container, so I held the big one as close as I dared to take this shot. The little one seems especially small. I've definitely seen bigger ones, but I've also seen a limbata male mating with a californica female, and I wonder if there are limbata/californica hybrids running around now.
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