Carolina Mantis

By October 8, 2011 Insects 3 Comments

Found this lovely lady on the lid of the trash can when I was checking the mail. She’s a female Carolina mantis, Stagmomantis carolina. She’s a native and a voracious predator, and yes, one of those types of mantis that do eat their mates given half a chance. While she won’t overwinter, odds are good there’s an egg-case somewhere with her name on it, although the odds of my spotting it are nearly nonexistent—Carolina mantis egg-cases look like odd bits of tree bark and unless she actually cemented it to the trash can, I won’t find it.

Quit chasing me around with that cameraphone, mammal! I took out my last four husbands, I'll take you down too!


  • Julie says:

    What a beautiful creature! I didn’t know there was such a thing as a Carolina Mantis, thanks for sharing. Unfortunately we seem to have a lot of the Chinese mantids.

  • Jeff says:

    Neato! Just like the mantis population around here (Roanoke,VA), this gal seems not to get the whole camouflage thing.

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