European Mantis
Mantis religiosa
 
Mantids often appear larger than they really are, depending on environment. However, the average overall length of an adult mantis is about 4 inches. The body is narrow, green or brown in color. The front legs are long and held as if praying. The antennae is short. Its preferred habitat is woods, fields, deserts, gardens and to rest on green foliage.
 


This photo is of a female plump with eggs
 

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