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Happenings in the insect world
by Jim Crumpler
on September 13, 2018 at 3:41 AM
Wow, insects are incredibly diverse!
by Art Shapiro
on September 13, 2018 at 8:45 AM
I brought in a locally-collected mantispid a few years ago and it should be in that unit tray! I think I've seen 3 of them in 46 years at Davis--one of which was this year. I didn't molest it.
by Dō
on June 10, 2019 at 11:35 AM
I just found one in my yard! I’ve never seen or even heard of them.  
And it was on a plant that also had a small praying mantis on it.  
by not Do
on July 13, 2019 at 1:55 PM
Just saw one in the Eastern Midwest US. Interesting looking thing.
by Xander
on May 3, 2020 at 4:40 PM
I just found this site while trying to identify a green mantisfly I found. I thought I was saving a young mantis from a leftover spiderweb on my birdhouse, but apparently I was just pestering a newly emerged mantisfly. It's wings have now uncurled and became clear. They were curly and opaque when I found it. Interesting little bug! (SW Missouri 5/3/2020)
by Rhonda Herkes
on May 14, 2020 at 1:02 PM
Just found one while deadheading my gardenia bush. Had to search the internet to determine exactly what it was as I have never seem one before. Metairie La
by Will Partin
on June 6, 2020 at 6:43 PM
Found one on my patio table just hanging out. Grand Junction Co 6/6/2020
by Molly
on June 26, 2020 at 9:30 AM
I just saved one I sucked up in our vacuum thinking it was a small wasp... thought it was a praying mantis but now I feel bad for our friendly spiders.
by Brian Krull
on June 27, 2020 at 6:27 PM
I live in Ham Lake, MN and I came across one of these mantidflies while pulling weeds from the flower bed. I also had to look this up as I have never seen one in my 48 years. Very interesting
by Dennis Moncla
on June 27, 2020 at 9:12 PM
Just had one land on me while I was watching the river flow by near Johnson City, TX. Took some good pictures of him while he was around. Glad I didn’t kill him thinking it was a small yellowjacket about to sting me!
by Amy E Perkins
on June 29, 2020 at 4:02 PM
I have one chilling on my goldenrods today. Do I care that it is here? What do the adults eat? (Please tell me Japanese beetles. Ha!) I am very new to gardening, and excited to learn about all the insects that my perennials will attract.
by Leslie
on July 4, 2020 at 4:54 AM
Found one on the inside of our glass storm door. 7/4/2020  
Langhorne, PA  
Wings more lacy than those pictured here. Also nearly black. Astonishing creature. Lucky I found it and let it out before out kitten got it!
by Joyce Minard
on July 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM
61 years old and today was a first for me! Got a great video of those lobster claws. Rockford, MN
by David R Wittenberg
on July 9, 2020 at 2:34 AM
I caddy out at Sand Valley Golf Resort in Wisconsin and this precious little gem decided to land and rest on my hand. I, of course, jumped at the thought of a wasp but quickly noticed the body structure and mantis-like forelimbs. Flies and spiders are plentiful so I'm sure it was living its best life! What a find!
by Ethan Bush
on July 11, 2020 at 7:11 AM
We just found one in our house in southeast Indiana.
by Marilyn Marks
on July 15, 2020 at 8:03 AM
I found one attached to my screen and when I saw it I said "What the.....!" Never saw one of these astonishing sci-fi-looking creatures before in my 60 years. Took a video. I believe it may have just hatched because it kept curling and then unfurling its damp front "mantis" appendages, like a butterfly does its wings, then suddenly flew off.
by Ceci
on July 15, 2020 at 12:11 PM
There is one on my screen door. We were noticing how odd it looked, so I took a pic and had to look it up. Do they sting humans?
by Suzy
on August 2, 2020 at 10:39 AM
Just found one in the house today (8/2/2020). Collected it from the floor onto my cell phone, then carried it outside. I thought it was a praying mantis, but was confused by the "butt" looking like a wasp. Glad I found this site and info, and that others have recently commented about finding one too!  
(Pittsburgh, PA suburbs)
by Erica Jo
on August 4, 2020 at 3:51 PM
I have NEVER seen or heard of these until today...8/4/2020 6:36pm Woodlawn, VA. I am fascinated by insects and when stepping outside of our home, I noticed one on the siding next to the sliding glass door. I have lived in various areas of VA for most of my life, as well as, FL & ME and never seen anything like it. It was very intriguing, to say the least.
by Jennifer
on August 15, 2020 at 5:27 PM
Met one Aug. 7 when I dumped a paper bag full of PVC parts (that had been on the porch for a couple weeks) into a bucket. It was having trouble climbing out of the bucket, I gave it an assist and it allowed me to get a photo before it flew off (with me thinking, huh, had no idea a praying mantis could fly). Kern Valley (Wofford Heights), CA
by melentine hatrick
on August 21, 2020 at 11:57 AM
We just found one on top of the travel trailer under one of the light caps..hanging with wasps under there. I got a video..
by LeeAnn M Scheonrock
on September 13, 2020 at 12:44 PM
What an awesome find in Kalamazoo, Michigan! I saw something strange on my kitchen floor and thought it was a wasp. It started walking with its forearms and I did a double take. I took it outside for a better view. What a strange lovely fierce creature. I took pictures and looked it up on Google. I enjoyed reading the description of its life cycle. My family does not like spiders; reading that they attach to spiders as larva then wriggle into the spiders egg sac was fascinating! I have always loved praying mantises. I caught one as a child and made a nice home for it in a bucket for a few weeks. I kept a screen on top and fed it spiders and grasshoppers. We have told the story many times about my mom screaming on our couch after being bit by a spider. She used a paper towel to pick it up, fed it to my praying mantis and watched with delight as it devoured the culprit. She liked to add a creepy tone as she told the story. I fittingly let the wasp mantidfly go near a spider's web.
by Naomi
on December 3, 2020 at 7:41 AM
I just found one in Orlando, FL! Never heard of it before today!
by Marilyn
on December 12, 2020 at 10:27 AM
I just found one in a basket. I change it seasonally from my attached garage from spring garden gloves etc. to winter snow ones! I did think it was thee tiniest praying mantis I’d ever encountered!  
I immediately threw him down the drain as I had enough of being allergic to everything I touched from Mother Nature!
by Anissa
on May 13, 2021 at 3:19 PM
I found and photographed a black one of these on my balcony lounge chair in Southern California yesterday!
by Carol
on June 2, 2021 at 7:30 AM
A light tan one showed up in my kitchen today! Never seen or heard of them. Released outdoors in Central Texas.
by Jane
on June 4, 2021 at 3:51 AM
Just found one in Marblehead, MA
by Lynn Wallberg
on June 4, 2021 at 3:15 PM
NW Tennessee. June 4, 2021, Late afternoon. Noticed a 'bug on the porch screen. Collected. Found it to be the mantisfly. First ever seen since living here past 10 years.
by Cory
on June 12, 2021 at 5:03 PM
Just spotted my first today here in Boston, MA! Chilling in my gutter downspout. I also found it's fresh molt still attached to the underside of a table. Glad I was able to find this page to learn more about them!
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