Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Phasmatodea ?

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Namaste Aniruddha, I'm in Tiruvannamalai T.N., I met interesting animal looking as walking straw of grass. Length was about 10 cm. Do you know exactly the name of this animal ? Thanks Josef

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Namaste Josef,

Thank you for writing in. The images you have provided are that of a Praying Mantis (Order Mantodea), which is commonly called Indian Grass Mantis or simply stick mantis.

Identifying mantises upto species level is a hard subject, but I would hazard a guess that this is the commonly occurring Schizocephala bicornis, a beautiful large mantis common throughout India's forests.

Distinguishing mantises from Phasmatodea (Stick insects) is easy - stick insects do not have prominent, long antennae, and although they also hold their fore-limbs extended, they are distinctly different than the mantis' raptorial legs.

More info on this mantis:
http://www.usamantis.com/Schizocephalabicornis_log.html

I hope this helps.

Regards,
Aniruddha

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I will answer general identification questions about insects and spiders ONLY from India. I cannot guarantee specific identification (of species), but I will try my best! If I do not have the answer, I will get back to you on the right answer as soon as possible.

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