Update: At first I thought this creature was a Praying Mantis, but after further research, I found out it is a "Chinese Mantid". Did you know after the female mates, she often eats him? Here is more on the subject.
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I guarantee you, that the reason that this "little" lady is so large is because it's a She. the Males of all the mantis family are small.... hhmm, the better to eat them, I suppose ;)
Well if it is a "she", maybe she had a very large mate, since they devour them after mating! LOL
That is one HUGE praying mantis. I have never, ever, seen one so large! It makes you wonder (besides the steroids) what he (or she) has been eating!
I took a video of a mantis a few days ago on our front porch. He followed me as I video taped him from many angles and then suddenly, he jumped onto the camera then onto me! What a funny video that turned out to be! Got some excellent 'still' shots of him also. [See below] I love these insects and am just amazed by God's creation! I even watched two or three 'hatchings' and got them on video last year. Hundreds of miniature mantis babies falling out of the nest! INCREDIBLE! I wish we had more of them! They are SO COOL.
We have big ones here in Loveland, CO. too. I think they are so interesting and last year I tried to catch on in a jar. Much to my surprise, it moved very fast and was very angry and it really scared me. I just wanted to see it up close. Now I will not bother them! ha!
I am correcting myself. After further research I find this is a Chinese Mantid, the largest of the Praying Mantis. Here is a link.
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