Subject: Look what I found patrolling my Woody Plant
Geographic location of bug: Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Time: 11:32 PM
From searching your website, I believe this is a California Mantis. Can you confirm?
How you want your letter signed: Constant Gardener
Dear Constant Gardener,
You are correct that this is a California Mantis, and the short wings indicate that it is a mature female California Mantis. Congratulations on having such a good security system to protect your plants from critters that might want to eat them.