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Mantid-like Bug??? - Gonatista grisea - female

Mantid-like Bug??? - Gonatista grisea - Female
Jensen Beach, Martin County, Florida, USA
September 28, 2013
Size: ~ 9 cm
Spotted this insect resting on the shell of a large Sulcata tortoise. Tortoise was walking around but insect stayed on long enough for me to get a camera and take a shot. Area has native oak and pine trees.

female nymph
Moved from ID Request.

Maybe a female Grizzled Mantid?
Gonatista grisea?:



Truly, masters of camouflage!

By the way, that's a beautiful photograph!

Cheers

 
Thanks Bill
That ID works for me. I Googled in Gonstista grisea and came up with this key: http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/choate/mantid_key1_03.pdf which appears to confirm the ID. Thanks for the ID and kind words about the image.

 
Thanks for the link
I've downloaded it and added it to my files. Much appreciated!

Cheers

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