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Subject: stick-like insect
Location: Bangalore, India
February 23, 2015 10:28 pm
I saw this insect sitting on my window when I woke up. It was on 26th June, 2014.
It has its eyes bulging out, it’s body is pretty long (about 7-10 centimetres) and has a scary mouth.
Signature: Akhil

Mantis

Mantis

Hi Akhil,
Your insect is a Mantis or Mantid, but we are not certain of the species.  Mantids are beneficial predators.

Mantis

Mantis

Hey Daniel,
Thanks for the reply.
You say it’s mantis or mantid. Well even I thought it was one. But the images on Google show that mantis have 6 legs (in which two seem like they’re praying). And also their heads are small. But this insect I saw doesn’t have that praying legs and also its head is huge. It’s mouth is like no other insect’s. It’s hard to say it’s a mantis.
Thank you,
Akhil.

Hi again Akhil,
Your images are not optimal, but take a look at the closeup image.  We believe you are mistaking the raptorial front legs with their toothed, almost serrated edges as a mouth.  The front legs are being held out in front of the head with its huge, bulging eyes.  Though your individual lacks the protuberance on top of the head that this Indian Rose Mantis pictured on the FineArtAmerica site possesses, but you can still see how the contours of the head can be partially obscured by the front legs.

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Subject: Unusual nest?
Location: Childers, Queensland Australia
February 14, 2015 4:46 am
Hello Bugman,
I was hoping that you would be able to tell me what insect this ‘nest’ might be from. I found it attached to my Queensland Lace Tree and I am intrigued by the intricacy and the absolute neatness of the weave, to me it is a masterpiece of engineering, it looks and feels like a ‘loofah’.
Any help would be very much appreciated
Signature: Cheers, Dianima

Mantis Ootheca

Mantis Ootheca

Hi Dianima,
We are quite certain this is the Ootheca or Egg Case of a Mantis.

Mantis Ootheca

Mantis Ootheca

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Subject: Egg pod identification
Location: Humboldt County, California
February 1, 2015 9:15 am
We found this on the underside of a branch on our dogwood. My guess is praying mantis. Husbands guess is some type of moth. Any ideas?
Signature: Clueless in California

Mantis Ootheca

Mantis Ootheca

Dear [Less Than] Clueless in California,
Your guess that is is the Ootheca of a Preying Mantis is correct.

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Subject: mantis
Location: Argentina
January 16, 2015 1:11 pm
Hello bugman,
We love your site. Wonderful fauna we have in the world and great you let us share in the variety. Now we know a lot better what we see in the house and around it.
We found this beauty in our garden the day before yesterday. We have never seen a mantis like this one before! Have you ever? What is the name of it?
Thank you for your answer.
Signature: Audrey

Mantis

Mantis

Hi Audrey,
Thanks so much for the compliment.  We are posting your submission and we hope to be able to determine the species of your Mantis in the near future.

Mantis

Mantis

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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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