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___praying mantis - Gonatista grisea - female

___praying mantis - Gonatista grisea - Female
Palmetto, Manatee County, Florida, USA
December 13, 2011
Size: >3 inches
It seems I come across these in the shade (not the best for my make of camera).

Moved from ID Request.

Gonatista grisea .

An excellent find!

It's funny...
I was on a bird walk and a guy leaned against a tree to steady his camera for a bird in the distance. Inches from his hand I saw a large and long-legged critter slowly creeping away. Thinking it was a spider (!) I drew it to his attention. It was a cryptic praying mantis, in none too much of a hurry. (I'm guessing it's part of how it survives, by not making sudden movements.)