Subject: cool character on my patio
Geographic location of the bug: Northwest New Mexico
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
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.