Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Palm Desert, CA
December 28, 2012 1:02 pm
Sighted in yard in Palm Desert, CA today(Dec 28, 2012)?
This appears to be a native Preying Mantis, the California Mantis, Stagmomantis californica. You can read about this native species on BugGuide and compare your female to this photo showing both a green and brown color variation.
Correction: Thanks to a comment from one of our readers, we have made an adjustment to the posting to indicate that this is a female Mediterranean Mantis which can be viewed on BugGuide.