Conehead mantis (Empusa pennata)

Empusa pennata

The Conehead mantis (Empusa pennata) is an insect of the family Mantidae, native to Southern Europe and Northern Africa.


Five interesting facts about empusa pennata:

  • It is able to turn its head 180 degrees side-to-side.
  • It has stereo vision.
  • Females are known to eat the males after mating.
  • French folklore suggests it can point a lost child back to her home.
  • Although a carnivore and an impressive predator, it is completely harmless to humans.

European mantis (Mantis religiosa)


Conehead mantis
Conehead mantis, Andalusia, Spain

Empusa pennata
Conehead mantis, Andalusia, Spain

Conehead mantis
Conehead mantis, Andalusia, Spain

Empusa pennata
Conehead mantis, Andalusia, Spain

Conehead mantis
Conehead mantis, Andalusia, Spain


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4 comments

  1. They are so thin and graceful. It's hard to imagine them eating their mate.

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  2. Wow! It's the first time I saw a conehead mantis. It looks so cool! My niece and nephews would love the photos. A new animal / insect for them. :)

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  3. Kristine Nicole Alessandra7:40 pm EET

    Wow, this is the first time I saw photos and read about a conehead mantis. The ones I have actually seen are green in color. This conehead mantis looks like a master of camouflage!

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  4. Stunning photos! I just love your work!

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