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

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Mantis mendica (Fabricius, 1775)[1]

Blepharopsis mendica is a species of praying mantis found in North Africa, parts of the Mediterranean, Middle East and southern Asia, and on the Canary Islands. devil's flower mantis, Egyptian flower mantis, thistle mantis, and Arab mantis are among its common names.[2][3][4]

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.[5]


Afghanistan, Egypt, Algeria, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Canary Islands, Libya, Libanon, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Tschad, Tunisia, Turkey, Cyprus.[1]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Texas A&M University
  2. ^ Mantis in Iberia Archived July 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Mantis Place
  4. ^ Danne's Animals
  5. ^ "Thistle Mantis". Keeping Insects. 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  6. ^ species Blepharopsis mendica (Fabricius, 1775) Retrieval date: Feb. 10th 2016