CA mantis, maybe Litaneutria?
August 19, 2009
Unknown sex/species mantis nymph, found 8/1/2009 on the ground in the foothills of Northern CA. Distinctive: Three short “spikes” in a ridge along its abdomen. Mottled grey coloring is great camoflage on bark.
Robin & Maddie
Sierra foothills, CA (scrub oak/pine)
Hi Robin and Maddie,
We believe you are correct in your assessment that this mantis is a Ground Mantid in the genus Litaneutria. There is a photo on BugGuide that looks very close and shows the ridges on the abdomen.