I found this 3” mantis-like on my 2 nd story front porch in St. Helena Island, SC (on the SE corner of SC). It’s head is so indistinguishable I can’t tell if the head is the part sticking down or up. It is light brown in color. Very camera shy… I had to coax it back on top of the railing for these pics. Sorry about the photo quality… all I had at the ready was a camera phone. Many thanks for your assistance!
This is a Grasslike Mantis, Thesprotia graminis, the only member of its genus in North America. BugGuide has submissions from Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Texas.