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Mantis? - Emesaya

Mantis? - Emesaya
Baton Rouge - Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
July 31, 2012
Size: about 1.5 inches long
First thought I had found a very thin walking stick.
About 1.5 inches long from head to tail.
About 3/16 inch thick.

Then it flexed it "wrists" on its front legs that are usually held extended way out in front of its head.
In this pose, it looked like a mantis.
(See second image for the flexed "wrists".)

Very long, thin antennae.

Found and photoed on handrail of boardwalk.


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Moved from Thread-legged Bugs.

Moved from Ranatra.

I'm not convinced this is a waterscorpion either
Looks more like one of these to me, but I am not an expert.

you're right of course
(what was I thinking?)

Some kind of true bug
Looks like one of the aquatic bugs--possibly this.

Just as a side note, here's a nymph of something similar that's exhibiting quite interesting behavior. This won't help with an ID, though.

Waterscorpion (Ranatra sp.)
Moved from ID Request.

I added two more images
This bug seems to have at least two features that do not seem to be common in other waterscorpions.
Very long antennae.
Breathing tube does not taper down from body diameter.
I am not an expert and maybe just haven't looked far enough.


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