Subject: Some kind of Mantis
Geographic location of the bug: Colombia, South America
Time: 06:37 PM EDT
Once again, another bug fella just flew through my window, but this is the rarest (for me, at least) yet! I know it’s some kind of Praying Mantis but it is really small. Like less than one inch.
P. S. Sorry for the low quality pics, the little guy was flying really fast.
How you want your letter signed: Stranded, Daniel
Had you not mentioned the small size, we would have agreed that this is a species of Mantis, and we are still categorizing it as such, but we now question that it might be an unrelated predator that resembles a Mantis that is known as a Mantispid or Mantisfly. Your individual appears as though the wings are in the rest position with only one upper wing on top, covering the other three wings. Mantispids generally have two upper wings that meet in the middle when at rest. Perhaps Cesar Crash will have knowledge of South American Mantids that are very small.