Location: Orlando, Florida
April 10, 2012 9:12 am
My dad found this bug in his truck just a few short miles from the International Airport in Orlando, Florida. He brought it home and my son, who is absolutely fascinated by bugs, gave it a new home on a blooming morning glory in our flowerbed. We weren’t sure what the exact name of this bug and my son has been calling it a ”grasshopper” (we know it’s not that). What should I tell my son is the correct name of this bug?
The easy part is identifying this as a Preying Mantis. The difficult part is trying to determine the species. We wish your photo had more detail, but we believe this may be Oligonicella scudderi based on photos posted to BugGuide.