This is Maude, my pet praying mantis. I know that she is a female because she has laid about 6 or 7 small pinkish egg cases. I think she may be a grass-like mantis but I am not sure. I would really appreciate any info you have on her. I found her near my home in Lynn Haven, FL. near Panama City. By the way, I love this site!
Maude is indeed a Grasslike Mantis, Thesprotia graminis. Other names include Grass Mantid, Grass Mantis, Walkingstick Mantis, and Walkingstick Mantid. This species is found in the Southern states. Males are winged and strong fliers. The posture of carrying the raptor front legs stretched out forward is characteristic of this mantis.