Unknown Mantis

Subject: What is this?
Location: Dubbin, OH
August 31, 2016 1:36 pm
This bug was on my driveway basking in the sun. Appears to ha e two sets of wings? Or is it mating? The whole thing was about an inch long. Here is a pic. This was taken Today, August 31 in Dublin, OH
Signature: Lisa H


Dear Lisa,
This is a Preying Mantis, but we are not certain about the species.  One inch seems quite small for a North American species.  Of all the species represented on BugGuide, the closest visual match seems to be the Grizzled Mantis, but that is a Southern species not reported further north than South Carolina according to BugGuide.  This is a good BugGuide image that is similar to your own.

6 thoughts on “Unknown Mantis”

    • Hi Cesar,
      We agree this mantis looks dead, but based on the submitted letter, it was still found on a driveway. It is definitely a real mantis, and it does not look like a species that should be found in Ohio naturally. Just because the mantis appears to be dead does not imply that the submission was in any way the perpetration of a hoax. It might have died, either of natural or unnatural causes, and then been discovered by Lisa H.


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