Unknown winged insect
Location: Kalamazoo, MI
September 10, 2011 6:25 pm
Is this a headless something? 4 brown legs. 2 sets of wings — 1 pair bright green and 1 pair brown. Long — 3-4 inches. Looks as if something bit its head off?
Signature: Puzzled in Kalamazoo

Decapitated Preying Mantis

Dear Puzzled in Kalamazoo,
This is the second photo we are publishing in a week of a decapitated Preying Mantis.  We suspect a bird may have been responsible.

Daniel, thank you so much for identifying this so quickly, and as a praying mantis.  Your suspicion is logical, as we have many birds in our yard.  Poor guy.  Thanks again.

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3 Responses to What Decapitated the Preying Mantis???

  1. kevin says:

    Ive seen them do this to each other. My bet is another mantis

  2. Ben says:

    Could have been a dragonfly. I often see decapitated Lasius neoniger and Vespula germanica queens hobbling around on the pavement due to the large population of dragonflies in my yard.

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