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What is this? - Gonatista grisea - female

What is this? - Gonatista grisea - Female
Vero Beach, Indian River County, Florida, USA
September 27, 2009
Size: 4 inches
Does anyone know what this bug is? There was no alien space ship nearby so I am assuming it is a bug. ;)

Moved
Moved from Mantids.

Looks like a Carolina Mantis
Looks like a Carolina Mantis showing its threat display. Every mantis with wings does this. Cool picture, too.

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

It's a ninja.
A mad ninja.

not E.T.
It's a praying mantis. Not sure which kind. Maybe a Carolina mantis.

 
More likely
a male bark mantis, Gonatista grisea, in a threat display. If not, then it is an exotic species.

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