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Subject: what is this bug
Location: florida
November 23, 2014 1:15 pm
found in northern florida
Signature: sue

found it – Florida bark mantis, gonatista grisea

Florida Bark Mantis

Florida Bark Mantis

Dear Sue,
Your identification is correct.  Just three days ago we posted another image of a Florida Bark Mantid.

 

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Subject: Looks like tree bark with 4 legs?
Location: Jacksonville, FL
November 19, 2014 3:24 pm
Hello,
This bug has been sitting in relatively the same position for two days on the bricks along our window ledge. It’s November in Florida and we just had two cold nights. It looks as if it has only 4 legs. It’s facing down in the photo shown. Curious!
Signature: Brandi

Florida Bark Mantid

Florida Bark Mantid

Dear Brandi,
This is a marvelous image of a Florida Bark Mantid or Grizzled Mantid,
Gonatista grisea, which you can read more about on BugGuide.  Like other insects, which are known as hexapods, it has six legs, and the raptorial forelegs, which are modified for capturing and holding onto prey, are being held close to the head in your image.  While this individual stands out against the light brick wall, it easily blends in unnoticed when lurking on a tree trunk, making it a very effective camouflage artist.

Thank you for this! What a difference it makes now with this identification and now being able to notice the two front legs tucked underneath. This mantis was up and walking about within a day of this post. Pretty cool. I appreciate your quick response.
Happy Thanksgiving,
Brandi

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Subject: Tiny mantis nymphs in Melbourne
Location: Melbourne, Australia
November 4, 2014 6:55 pm
Hello,
I found these two little mantis nymphs on a capsicum plant in my little boy’s veggie patch yesterday. They would have been no more than 10mm in length. I guess they’re juvenile Garden or False Garden Mantises, but I’ve not seen black/brown ones before, or ones with a curled abdomen.
My little boy is a budding entomologist, so we’re going to have a lot of fun watching these guys grow up. :)
(Apologies for the quality of the photos – I only had my phone handy!)
Signature: Jen

Mantis nymph

Mantis nymph

Dear Jen,
We hope to get additional images as these hatchling Mantids grow and mature.

Hatchling Mantids

Hatchling Mantids

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Male Native Mantis
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
October 26, 2014
A true harbinger of autumn in our Mount Washington garden is the appearance of one or more California Mantids.  Male California Mantids are more often encountered at porch lights.  Female California Mantids may be less mobile as they do not have wings.

Male California Mantis

Male California Mantis

 

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Newly Molted Mantis

Newly Molted Mantis

Subject: white praying mantis
Location: tanzania
October 15, 2014 3:56 am
Hi there,
We found this praying mantis on our door in tanzania, it wasn’t very large but the lack of pigmentation made it intriguing. It was in September in Iringa, Tanzania, East Africa. Wondered if you could be of help!
Signature: Ryan

Dear Ryan,
We believe the reason this Mantis is so light is that it is freshly molted and its exoskeleton has still not hardened and darkened.  Furthermore, we are unable to identify its species as it is an immature specimen.

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Female Carolina Mantis

Female Carolina Mantis

Subject: Mantis?
Location: Tree in Maryland
October 12, 2014 4:47 pm
I was taking my students outside and we saw this “bug” on a tree. Is it a type of Mantis?
Signature: Mr. Burk

Dear Mr. Burk,
You are correct that this is a Mantis.  We believe it is a female Carolina Mantis based on its resemblence to this individual posted to BugGuide.

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