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Subject:  Please ID bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Long Island NY
Date: 09/26/2021
Time: 08:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
I found this bug dead on my porch in Long Island, NY.
It is about 2.5 inches long.
Would you please let me know what type of bug this is?
Thank you very much!
How you want your letter signed:  Jim H.

Headless male Mantis

Dear Jim,
This is the body of a male Mantis, and considering that it is well documented that the female will eat the head of the male as he is mating with her.  Once he has initiated the mating and, if he is decapitated, he no longer has the instinct to escape danger, the coupling will continue for hours or possibly days.  We have images of decapitated male California Mantids mating in our archives.  Here is another.  We cannot be certain that a female Mantis caused this, it is our best guess, though we would not want to discount that there was another cause, possibly a predator.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you so much!!!
Take care,

Subject:  cool character on my patio
Geographic location of the bug:  Northwest New Mexico
Date: 08/14/2021
Time: 11:29 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this amazing looking little creature?
How you want your letter signed:  Inquisitive Angela

Preying Mantis

Dear Angela,
This is an immature, predatory, beneficial Preying Mantis.  It might be a native Bordered Mantis,
Stagmomantis limbata, which is pictured on BugGuide.  The tone of your inquiry is so enthusiastic, it cheered us after having posted an Unnecessary Carnage letter involving a Preying Mantis earlier today. 

Preying Mantis

Subject:  What kind of bug is this? I was sitting on my patio at night and it flew into my screen door.
Geographic location of the bug:  Las Vegas
Date: 09/20/2021
Time: 11:59 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Would like know what it is never saw one in Las Vegas.
How you want your letter signed:  Veronica Robinson

Unnecessary Carnage of a Beneficial Preying Mantis

Dear Veronica,
The beneficial Preying Mantis in your image appears to have expired after being sprayed with insecticide, a textbook example of Unnecessary Carnage.

Subject:  Pretty praying mantis
Geographic location of the bug:  Maryland
Date: 09/04/2021
Time: 10:13 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
In all my years I’ve seen many mantises, of varying shades of green and brown, but I’ve never before seen such a dappled beauty! Is this a Carolina Mantis?
How you want your letter signed:  Sydney

Female Carolina Mantis

Dear Sydney,
This is really a beatiful Mantis and we agree that it is a female Carolina Mantis.  Here is an individual on BugGuide and another on BugGuide for comparison.

Subject:  California Mantis on Cannabis
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 08/29/2021
Time: 09:39 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
I have really been enjoying watching the California Mantids growing bigger on my Cannabis plants, indicating that they are eating well.  Last week I spotted my first mature female California Mantis and today I spotted my first mature male.
How you want your letter signed:  Constant Gardener

Immature female California Mantis

Dear Constant Gardener,
Thanks for keeping us informed about the insects that you find in your garden.

Mature California Mantis

immature male California Mantis

Immature Male California Mantis

Mature Male California Mantis

Subject:  Mature and Immature Chinese Mantis
Geographic location of the bug:  Campbell, Ohio
Date: 07/27/2021
Time: 03:47 PM EDT
Gentle Readers,
While working in the garden last Friday, Daniel was surprised to see a Mantid fly from one bed of shrubs to the large thistle that is daily visited by butterflies and goldfinches.  He had trouble locating the well camouflaged male Chinese Mantis.

Male Chinese Mantis

Daniel recalled the immature green and brown Mantids he found in the bed of shrubs in late July while weeding invasive thistles, and he suspects this immature Brown Mantis grew into the male that flew last Friday.

Immature Chinese Mantis