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I found this praying mantis in Bangalore, India. It is around 6 cms in length and has a distinct marking on the forelimbs. Can I know the species ?

This is the best photo i could get

Here's another angle

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    $\begingroup$ @charles, There's another angle. I'm pretty sure it is a mantis and in fact according to a taxonomical key that I found, I think it may belong to the genus 'Hestiasula' . I'm just waiting for a specific confirmation. $\endgroup$ – AdDate Sep 8 '17 at 5:43
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.. according to a taxonomical key that I found, I think it may belong to the genus 'Hestiasula'.

You're absolutely correct! This is of the species Hestiasula brunneriana, and is belongs to a group of praying mantis that are referred to as "Boxer mantises", due to their enlarged raptorial forelegs, of which are used for communication.

And though I can't quite tell, but at first glance this appears to be a female, due to what seems to be a longer than not abdomen; a female will only have 6 segments, whereas a male will have 8, however, the segments belonging to the female will be longer than that of the males. If you can somehow get an underbelly image, a much more definitive statement can be made.

The following image accurately matches your aerial image:

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And then here's an image that demonstrates those distinct black markings on the raptorial forelegs:

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you @charles . Could you please upload the link to the key that you found. I would find it pretty useful for future reference. Thanks again. $\endgroup$ – AdDate Sep 8 '17 at 6:21
  • $\begingroup$ @AdDate I used this image index, provided by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, which is accompanied with taxonomic details. $\endgroup$ – user22020 Sep 8 '17 at 6:35

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