Immature Preying Mantis

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
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