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.
Brazos Bend State Park Volunteer (southeast Texas)
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.