Another Decapitated Preying Mantis

bug identification
Location: Indiana
September 13, 2011 12:18 am
Hi Bugman
This bug was found in Indiana in September. It was floating in water and seems to be missing the head. It’s around 4 inches long. Would love to know what it is.
Signature: Amy

What took the Preying Mantis's head off???

Hi Amy,
This is the third image of a decapitated Preying Mantis we have posted this week, and we suspect birds are biting off the heads.  Here is a link to the second image of a decapitated Preying Mantis we posted a few days ago.  We might have guessed that the previous two individuals, which we suspect are males, lost their heads while mating, but this third individual appears to be a female.  We counted six abdominal segments, indicating a female, where males have eight abdominal segments.

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