The Mantis

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I found this mantis in our front yard in Colorado. Mantis’ aren’t abundant in our state because of the cold winters. Supposedly we do have a few species of them, although this is the only one I have ever seen. It is a European Mantis. You can see the “bulls-eye” on each of its arms which is how I identified this one. They are cool creatures to observe close-up. I find it interesting to watch the way they use their long, delicate arms and legs to hook blades of grass to move along.

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