Empusa fasciata Brullé 1832 (juvenile)
Common names: Cone-head mantis [En], Empuse fasciée [Fr]
Tekkedere, IZMIR ● Turkey
Etymology: From the ancient Greek Έμπουσα | Empusa, who was in the mythology an ugly ghost who feeds from human flesh.
Description: The length is 45-65 mm, the female is slight bigger than the male. The colour are variable, depending the environment, greenish, brownish even reddish.
Biology: This species is an ambush predator, waiting for its prey in the shrubs, without a move, well camouflaged. The attack occurs in less than 1/20 second and the prey is captured in the spiked forelegs.
Habitat: Bushes and shrubs on open areas.
Distribution: Balkans, East Mediterranean up to Iran. (E. pennata is a Western Mediterranean species with a range to the East up to Italy)
Wikipedia, Empusa fasciata [It]