Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 11:58 AM
I found this in mesic pine flatwoods in Lee County Florida, near Fort Myers, among grasses and saw palmetto, in October.
Ft. Myers, Florida
We believe that this is a Carolina Mantis, Stagmomantis carolina. There is a photo on BugGuide that is very similar. It is a native species. We will try to get a confirmation on the ID.
Update: Sunday, February 21, 2009
The mantid just about ‘has’ to be a species of Stagmomantis, though I don’t know if it is the Carolina mantid. My references don’t show any similar genus from there.