Female California Mantis
Location: Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
September 23, 2012
The staff didn’t feel like cooking lunch today, so we headed out for a Fusion Burger in Highland Park. On the way to the car, we spotted this female California Mantis on the power box and headed back in for the camera and we took a few photographs. We suspect she may have been displaced since we have been trimming trees and shrubs this weekend, and we always leave the lid on the green bin open in the event that any critters were thrown away with the branches. She was found not far from the green bin.
For the past few weeks, we have been seeing male California Mantids near the porch light, and we have already made several postings. After lunch we relocated this plump female California Mantis to the basil plant in the front garden, and within 30 seconds she had caught a Honey Bee. Another curious Honey Bee kept on checking out what was happening with her hive mate as the luckless bee was eaten.
Update: January 2, 2013
We received a comment correcting our identification and informing us that this is Stagmomantis limbata, not the California Mantis in the same genus. We are linking to the BugGuide page while we await clarification how to distinguish one species from the other.