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Empusa fasciata Brulle 1832 (juvenile)

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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)

References:
Wikipedia, Empusa fasciata [It]
Laspistasteria [Gr]



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