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CMantis92706 - Stagmomantis carolina - male

CMantis92706 - Stagmomantis carolina - Male
near town of Lexington, Lexington County, South Carolina, USA
September 27, 2006
Size: ~ 6 inches
I initially found this mantis clinging to my kitchen window screen but moved it to a more photogenic location nearby for this shot. It was interesting watching this mantis mimic a stick bobbing in the wind as it moved through the bush.

Neat, a male--note the long wings and narrow abdomen. Males fly, females are basically flightless, though they can spread their tiny wings and flutter/glide.

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