California Mantis

Praying Mantis?
Location:  3700 foot elevation in the northern Sierra’s
September 29, 2010 10:09 pm
I found this guy cruising around my yard. It looks like a praying mantis but I have seen those here and they are green. This one looks kinda camo color. Your help to identify this creature would be appreciated.
Signature:  GB

California Mantis

Dear GB,
This is indeed a Mantis.  We believe it is
Stagomantis californica, the California Mantis, a native species that can be green or brown.  Some tropical Mantids can even come in colors like yellow and pink.

3 thoughts on “California Mantis”

  1. Been in California all my life (60 yrs). I have never seen a praying mantis in a backyard. Today one showed up in my driveway. It’s light green. I live practically on top of Los Angeles International Airport. What’s it doing here? Should it be here? Is it an invasive species to this area?


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