This Mantis is just under 3 inches long. They blend into
the Lichen on the trees so well that you often don't notice them until they
are running for cover, which looks like a green or grey blur.
They prefer to stay in the deciduous forest areas, on the
trees. But now and then we find one on a fence post or like here, a garden
hose. They always run away before you can get a picture. They are not very
aggressive and unless you corner them all intents are on escape.
If you do harass them they rear up and strike out with
their specialized hunting apparatus. These guys have never hurt anyone I
know of, but then most people tend to leave them alone so they'll rid the
gardens and landscaping of detrimental bugs.
We don't know much about this particular variety, such as
the common or scientific name, their breeding habits, adolescents or life
spans. If anyone has any
clues please email us so we can add information about them.