Subject: Bug identification
Location: Petaluma, Ca 94952
February 4, 2017 8:23 am
I found this bug on a bush in my yard in Petaluma California on September 15, 2016. It’s about 2 inches long. It would be wonderful if you could identify it for me Thank you!!
Signature: Sharon Risedorph
This is a native Preying Mantis in the genus Stagmomantis, probably the California Mantis that is found in brown, yellow and green forms. They are considered beneficial predators in the garden, though they will also eat pollinating insects. Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.