Subject: Walking stick?
Geographic location of the bug: Virginia
Time: 06:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I found this insect on my front porch…it looks like a walking stick to me, but when I looked for images of a walking stick online, they were all thinner. What is it?
How you want your letter signed: Curious in VA
Dear Curious in VA,
This is a female Carolina Mantis, a native species that ranges well beyond the Carolinas. This native predator has been declining in numbers, no doubt due to the introduction of larger and more aggressive Mantids like the European Mantis and the Chinese Mantis. You may enjoy this comparison between the native Carolina Mantis and the European Mantis.