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Gambian Spotted Eyes Flower Mantis, Pseudoharpax virescens

The Gambian spotted-eye flower mantis (Pseudoharpax virescens) is a species of mantis that can be found in East, West, and Central Africa. This species reaches an average body length of 1.1 inches, with females typically growing larger than males. There are other differences between males and females, giving the species a sexual dimorphism. These include the long, red antennae of the males and the bulkier size of the females. Both males and females are primarily white in color with green wings and females hold two red spots on their sides, the trait from which the species was named. The eyes are pointed and change from green in the daytime to red in the nighttime. This species holds two subspecies, including Pseudoharpax virescens virescens and is popular as a pet for enthusiasts and breeders.

Image Caption: Adult female Gambian. Credit: Happy1892/Wikipedia  (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Gambian Spotted Eyes Flower Mantis Pseudoharpax virescens


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