Rivetina monticola (Mistshenko, 1956)
Kondara rivetina is found in Kondara (southern spurs of the Hissor Range) at the altitude from 1200 to 1800 meters above sea level.
It is commonly found in semi–desert locations. Around Olimtoy, rivetinas were found in capers (Capparis Spinosa), where orthopterous insects (food of praying mantises) grew. It thrives only on the mountain ridges covering the southern part of Kondara.
In the early 50–ies it was common on the southern slopes of the Hissor Range (Kondara Gorge). In 1951, when counting it turned out that about 60 species of this kind of praying mantis was found on 1 hectare. By the end of 1960 this species apparently completely disappeared. In subsequent years, the mantis was not found in the former habitats.
It reproduces once during summer. Its egg laying process is similar to that of the Grand praying mantis. Larvae hatch from eggs in the middle of July. Until maturity, they eat plant louses, other small dipterans and further by various locusts.
The main reason of disappearance of this type of praying mantis relates to the systematic activity of collectors, and irregular hay–making.
It is necessary to continue seeking this type of praying mantis and preserving it in the specialized nurseries. After studying of the biology of Kondara rivetina it should be protected.