Unknown Yellow Winged Bug
Location: San Rafael, CA
September 5, 2011 4:22 pm
I found this light yellow bug lying on the patio, close to expiring. (9/2/11) It has an unusual long head, and almost antennae-like projections from the back side. Never seen anything like it. Your help in identifying would be very much appreciated. Sure do love your site. Thanks so much.
Signature: Laura M
This is the corpse of a Preying Mantis, and it has been decapitated. We suspect a bird is most likely the culprit, especially if as you have written, that it was close to expiring. If an insect is decapitated, the reflex actions might cause the body to continue to spasm. Insect predators like Hornets or Dragonflies, or even another Mantis might also have brought about the demise of this Preying Mantis.
Thank you so much, Daniel. There are Preying Mantis around in our area, but I had never seen one at our house before. So that never came to mind. And although I thought the front looked maybe not complete, I didn’t realize the head was completely missing. I agree that a bird was likely the culprit as we have several bird feeders and many active species in the yard. I appreciate your swift and knowledgeable response!