Ed. Note: Mel Frank sent us this romantic couple of native Mantids in the genus Stagmomantis from his archives for your viewing pleasure. We had been hearing about these images for some time and we are happy we are finally getting to post some Bug Love on a Woody Plant. We are not sure if they are California Mantids or Bordered Mantids as both species are found in Southern California.
Geographic location of the bug: Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
How you want your letter signed: Mel Frank