Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

PrayingMantis3Look closely and you will see…

This interesting resident was spotted under our birdbath this past October. I am always fascinated when finding a Praying Mantis blending in with the background, most often around flowers. The native species in Pennsylvania is the Carolina mantis (Stagmomantis carolina), which is a pale green or brownish and 2-3 inches long.

As I am not an expert about insects, here is information about Praying Mantis from the Penn State Extension and Animal Diversity Web.

http://extension.psu.edu/lackawanna/news/2013/the-bug-box-praying-mantis

http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Stagmomantis_carolina/


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