Pinning demonstration of a relaxed Sphodromantis sp. specimen. Blue arrows indicate approximate locations to arrange and/or pin specimen. A Pin specimen to the right of the midline in the mesothorax, just above the forewings B insert pins across the prozone and abdomen to support the specimen while pinning C position and secure the forecoxae D position and secure the forefemora E position and secure the foretibiae and foretarsi F–I position and secure the left mid- and hindleg as well as the right hindleg; the right midleg needs to be arranged but not secured with pins to accommodate the wings (see J) J position and secure the right forewing K position and secure the right hindwing L if needed, make further adjustments to the position of the head, antennae, and right mesothoracic leg to ensure bilateral symmetry. Due to the morphological diversity of praying mantises, some modifications to this method might need to be employed to minimize specimen damage.

  Part of: Brannoch SK, Wieland F, Rivera J, Klass K-D, Béthoux O, Svenson GJ (2017) Manual of praying mantis morphology, nomenclature, and practices (Insecta, Mantodea). ZooKeys 696: 1-100.