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Carolina mantis displaying wings - Stagmomantis carolina
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
September 4, 2012
Size: ca. 3 in
Saw this around 10:30 this morning sitting in the middle of the sidewalk near a wooded area, looking like a dead leaf. When I gently nudged it to try to get it out of danger of being stepped on, it reared up, assuming a martial arts pose, and spread its wings.