Location: Spring Hill, Florida
November 21, 2011 10:04 am
Greetings! I live in west-central Florida and found this sitting on the wall outside my front door. Its face looks like a praying mantis but I couldn’t find any picture of one in a similar life stage. What is it? Thanks!!
This insect looks like a Mantis because it is a Mantis, a Grizzled Mantis, Gonatista grisea more specifically. They are very well camouflaged on tree bark. It is also known as a Lichen Mimic Mantis. Your individual is a male. Females have shorter wings.
Daniel, thank you so much!!! I appreciate your response and will share with all who I made curious! 🙂