November 29, 2009
I went to Middleburg, Florida (Jacksonville area) for Thanksgiving. This critter was right outside the front door of my son’s home. I’d never seen anything like it, but the head shape made me think of a mantis…WINGS??? All pages on your site have been viewed. Found a Gonatista grisea – Grizzled Matis on BugGuide, but again…WINGS???
Everyone I left in Florida is waiting for an identification. Hoping you can help so I don’t disappoint anyone.
Great Smoky Mountains
Sorry for the delay. We were just wrapping the first draft manuscript of our book when you wrote, and today we are trying to answer a few older emails. We believe your identification of the Grizzled Mantid is correct. The male has well developed wings. The species is also called a Lichen Mimic Mantid.