What is this one???
April 12, 2010
Hi, I hope al is well I sent a message a week ago. But, did not get response regarding a bug that I am trying to identify? Is this a Mantis or a Termite
Thousand Oaks (Southern California)


Hi Vicente,
This is neither a mantis nor a termite.  It is a beneficial predator known as a Snakefly in the order Raphidioptera.  This is a male because a curiously long ovipositor is absent.  BugGuide has numerous photos of Snakeflies.

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