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Subject: Cute Little Mantis?
Location: Central Texas
October 21, 2013 6:38 pm
Hey Bugman!
Its been years since I have submitted a request. You may not remember me, but I shared a spider love story with you 2006, I think it was.
Anyways, here is a new little guy I cant identify . I think it is a type of mantis, but cant find a similar photo online. Help?
Details: 2033 on 21 Oct 2013.
Central Texas in heavy mesquite brush location. This was outside my cabin in a mowed yard. Typical yard critters are my bunnies, tarantulas, really fat orb weavers, tarantula hawks, fire ants, walking sticks, translucent pink gecko things, and cute little preying mantises.
Signature: Critter Lover

Thread Legged Bug

Thread Legged Bug

Hi Critter Lover,
Is this your posting of courting Jumping Spiders?  It is easy to confuse this Thread Legged Bug in the subfamily Emesinae with a mantid because they both have raptorial front legs used to capture and hold prey while feeding.  Mantids chew food while Thread Legged Bugs, like other Assassin Bugs, suck the fluids from the prey.

Thread Legged Bug

Thread Legged Bug

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Texas
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