Denver, CO-Mantis on Rose bush
I was so thrilled to see this little guy on my rose. He’s about 4-5" long and really pretty. I have never seen a mantis in Colorado. Are they here and just hiding from me? My flash went off for this shot, though it was an overcast afternoon and not night.
Because Preying Mantis eggs are so readily available as an organic method of pest control, the ranges of these introduced species is constantly expanding. Both the Chinese Mantis and European Mantis have been introduced to this country in the late 1800’s and are now found throughout the continental states. As your photo illustrates, they are masters of camouflage