Iris oratoria (8)
|Iris oraqtoria (Linnaeus, 1758)|
Common name: Mediterranean mantis
I. oratoria is very pale when young but matures to grass green, and grows to about 6.5 cm long. The species may be distinguished from Mantis religiosa and other mantids with which it shares a range and general size and shape by the red-orange spot on the ventral side of the fourth (second to last) abdominal segment; also, its cerci are shorter than those of M. religiosa. The species is distinctive in having two large startling violet-brown eyespots on its hind wings which are revealed when its wings are unfolded.
Iris oratoria is an insect predator (e.g. butterflies, flies, bees etc) and inhabits bushy, dry and warm places in low altitudes such as shrub-rich slopes, but also gardens. This was found to my garden on rosemary.