Type of mantis?
Location: North Texas
May 9, 2011 12:28 pm
I found this bug in our backyard over the weekend. It looks like a type of mantis; however, the front legs seem to bend the opposite way. This one could fly, but not very well, or very far. I have never seen anything like it before.
Your confusion over this mantis-like insect is understandable. This is some species of Mantidfly in the family Mantispidae. They are not closely related to the Preying Mantids despite the remarkable visual similarity. The pale coloration of this specimen is unlike any of the Mantidflies on BugGuide, and we are not certain if it is the actual coloration or the result of shooting conditions.
Thanks for the information. And the colors in the photo are true to what I saw.