Blepharopsis mendica

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Blepharopsis mendica
Devil flower mantis.jpg
B. mendica on a tyre of a car
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Mantodea
Family: Empusidae
Genus: Blepharopsis
Species: B. mendica
Binomial name
Blepharopsis mendica
Fabricius, 1775

Blepharopsis mendica is a species of praying mantis found in North Africa and on the Canary Islands. Devil's Flower Mantis, Egyptian Flower Mantis, Thistle Mantis, and Arab Mantis are among its common names.[1][2][3]

In deimatic display, the adult rotates its head and thorax to one side, displaying the bright colours on the insides of its forelegs and the undersides of its hindwings, and holds its wings slightly spread behind the body, making it seem large and threatening.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mantis in Iberia
  2. ^ Mantis Place
  3. ^ Danne's Animals
  4. ^ "Thistle Mantis". Keeping Insects. 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-10.