European dwarf mantis (Ameles spallanzania)

This species name honors the italian naturalist Lazzaro Spallanzani. Ameles spallanzania can reach a length of 4mm and can be found in different color forms including green and varying shades of brown and grey.  The males have wings and can fly moderate distances, whilst the females are wingless (apterous, with small vestigial wings).

This species can be found in the Mediterranean area, from Morocco to Greece and from southern Europe to northern Africa.

The below images where taken a year apart on March 2011 and March 2012 respectively.

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