Please help us settle a question
August 2, 2009
A little girl caught this insect at Brazos Bend State Park yesterday, and brought it back to the Nature Center for identification.  Some of the volunteers said it was a Walking Stick.  Others said it was some type of Mantid, possibly a juvenile since it did not appear to have wings.
Please let me know what it really is so I can let the little girl know..
Thank you very much.
Glen Kilgore
Brazos Bend State Park Volunteer (southeast Texas)

Female Grasslike Mantis

Female Grasslike Mantis

Hi Glen,
This is most definitely a Mantis, and we believe it is a female Grasslike Mantis, Thesprotia graminis based on images posted to BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:
A long, slender mantis that is often confused with a walkingstick, especially when it moves with its forearms outstretched. Males have long wings and are good fliers. Females are wingless and resemble a pine needle.”  Since the timestamp of your email indicates you contacted us an hour ago, you can go online and show the girl the answer to her question.

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