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Subject: Praying mantis eats giant asain hornet
Location: In Asia.
February 11, 2017 4:06 pm
Last July me and my bros were playing video games and when we came outside to chill out a hornet flew in our home!. Then when we were
Trying to swat the wasp with our ps4 controller he flew in to this manties territory and he captured it with ease. So I took some photos.
Then at the end it was decapation.
Signature: Imb

Mantis eats Asian Hornet

Dear Imb,
We love your images of an Asian Mantis feeding on an Asian Hornet, however we do have a few questions we hope you are able to answer.  Asia is a huge continent.  Are you able to provide a city or country?  You indicated that the hornet flew into your home and that it flew into the mantid’s territory.  Was the mantis a pet?  Thanks for your contribution and your clarification of our questions.

Mantis Eats Asian Hornet

Mantis East Asian Hornet

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Subject: Tiny praying mantis?
Location: Pennsylvania
February 6, 2017 2:49 pm
I found this little guy in my university greenhouse, so the geographic location might not be relevant since it’s usually hot and humid in the greenhouse. He looks and acts like a praying mantis, however he is really tiny and grey! Please help
Signature: -J.D

Mantis Hatchling

Dear J.D,
This is indeed a Mantis hatchling.  When California Mantids hatch in our yard, they are about 1/4 inch long.

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Subject: Bug identification
Location: Petaluma, Ca 94952
February 4, 2017 8:23 am
I found this bug on a bush in my yard in Petaluma California on September 15, 2016. It’s about 2 inches long. It would be wonderful if you could identify it for me Thank you!!
Signature: Sharon Risedorph

Male California Mantis

Dear Sharon,
This is a native Preying Mantis in the genus
Stagmomantis, probably the California Mantis that is found in brown, yellow and green forms.  They are considered beneficial predators in the garden, though they will also eat pollinating insects.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.

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Subject: What is this insect
Location: Delray Beach, Florida
January 15, 2017 8:57 pm
Dear Bugman:
This insect was found on my front brick walkway close to the yard and to flower bed. It is about 1.5 inches in length and is very well camouflaged. I live in Delray Beach, Florida which is southeast Florida.
Signature: Sally Sperry

Grizzled Mantis

Dear Sally,
The Grizzled Mantis or Florida Bark Mantid is quite difficult to spot when it rests on tree bark.

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Subject: Cocoon Identification
Location: Tecumseh, MI
January 1, 2017 12:22 pm
I have found three cocoons of a type, which I have never seen before in my yard. I raise butterflies and moths and am familiar with the cocoons of species which I usually see in my yard. I have included a picture of two of the cocoons. All of them were on plants on the South side of my house. One was on a rose bush, another on a Ninebark bush – both of these were out in the open. The third was buried in some Gaillardia which had died back for the Winter. These would have been formed very late in the Fall – probably in November. In the picture the front of the cocoon is pictured on the left. You can see the shape and that it has ridges from top to bottom, which go all the way around. The right side of the picture shows how the cocoon is attached to the plant. Just one small strip at the top holds it on. The bottom of the cocoon is a very light tan and also has ridges. The texture is almost like styrofoam. I live in Southeast lower Michigan Latitude/Longitude 42.0039, -83.9449. If this is something I have never seen, I would like to over winter the cocoons in my garage. Thank you for any information, which you can give me.
Signature: Jan Graves

Mantis Ootheca

Mantis Ootheca

Dear Jan,
This is not a cocoon.  It is the ootheca or egg case of a Preying Mantis and come spring, several hundred hatchlings should emerge.

Daniel,
Thank you so much for your prompt reply. The links which you supplied definitely depict what I found.  I will leave them where they are and hope that I am  lucky enough to see some of the little Preying Mantis when they emerge.
Jan Graves

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Subject: What’s this Bug?
Location: Florida
December 7, 2016 2:24 pm
I found this outside my front door this morning. Its December 7th and we live near Tampa Florida. Its been unusually warm this past week although we getting a child front in tomorrow. When I got home from work it was still in the same place. I don’t know if its some type of mantis or beetle? I looked through over 300 pictures to find what it was but couldn’t find it. I would love your help. Thank you!
Signature: Olga

Grizzled Mantis

Grizzled Mantis

Dear Olga,
Though your image is lacking in critical clarity, it inarguably represents a Grizzled Mantis or Florida Bark Mantis.

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