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Some Unidentified Mantidae from Belize

Praying Mantids (Mantodeae) are not too well documented, especially not for Belize.

Some species recorded include:

Metilia brunnerii, Liturgusa maya, Choeradodis servillei, Macromantis nicaraguae, Phyllovates chlorophaea, Stagmomantis carolina, Vates pectinicornis

Many more will doublfully be recorded at some stage. At this moment though, some specimens have been collected but remain unidentified. Four are depicted below. Any help with their ID will be appreciated (meerman(at)biological-diversity.info).

Probably a Angela sp. Very long and narrow. When flying the wings mimic the local longwing butterfly Heliconius sapho.

 

Small species only 4 cm total length (Microphotina ?)

 

Same small species as above, approx. 4 cm length (Microphotina ?)

 

Medium sized, approximately 6 cm long (Stagmomantis sp?)

 

As above, Medium sized, approximately 6 cm long. Notice bright red dorsal side of the abdomen (Stagmomantis sp?)

 

Tiny species. Approximately 2 cm. Elytra hyaline except for green costa (Acontista / Tithrone sp.?)

 

Same tiny species. Approximately 2 cm. Elytra hyaline except for green costa (Acontista / Tithrone sp.?)

 

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