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Snug_As_Bug_Rug
Sterling, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 12, 2009
7:14 PM

Post #6939150

Does anyone know anything about these "beneficial" bugs? I am not used to seeing praying mantis with such big black eyes. Does this denote perhaps a mature mantis, or is it an unusual species?
Thanks, Snug, :p)

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realbirdlady
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 13, 2009
2:50 AM

Post #6940784

Maybe female Stagmomantis carolina? "Head and thorax almost as long as the body. Antennae about half as long as middle legs. Pale green to brownish grey, often inconspicuous on vegetation. Males usually brown, females green or brown. Wings do not extend to tip of abdomen, especially in female. (Females apparently flightless, or nearly so.) Abdomen of female strongly widened in middle." I'm not sure about VA, but my understanding is that the only other kind in the Carolinas is a really huge chinese one, so pretty much always if you see one, it's Carolina mantis. I think maybe green eyes is more common, but just googling images shows some brown and black ones.

I think those are pretty typical mantis eyes. Probably they look bigger because of the color contrast.
Snug_As_Bug_Rug
Sterling, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 13, 2009
5:44 PM

Post #6942770

I certainly appreciate your detailed response!! I am fascinated with the eyes. We have quite a few babies in our yard

Thanks, Snug, :o)
Stelco
Dewitt, MI
(Zone 5b)

August 13, 2009
6:46 PM

Post #6942947

Might want to take down your hummingbird feeders. :)

http://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/site/backyardbirds/hummingbirds/mantis-hummer.aspx
Snug_As_Bug_Rug
Sterling, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 20, 2009
2:14 PM

Post #6968204

Thanks for sending the article on the Praying Mantis' secret side. It's very interesting and reveals another side to this benign (?) insect. I am inclined now after reading your article that the praying mantis may have caused the demise of a monarch butterfly, whose wings I saw lying on the ground beside our butterfly bush!

Thanks, Snug

Happy1892
Wake Forest, NC

February 12, 2012
6:03 PM

Post #9004522

That is a Chinese Mantis. Female Chinese Mantids are not wingless. Their wings extend all the way to the tip of the abdomen. I cannot tell if that is a female. It is a older nymph.

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