Insect and Bug ID forum: Found today amongst my herb containers

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Sep 20, 2014 5:08 PM CST
I see green Praying Mantis every so often, but never a grayish large insect like that.
I thought it was really gorgeous!
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Sep 20, 2014 6:27 PM CST
How cool! Thumbs up
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Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Sep 20, 2014 6:32 PM CST
Wonderful pictures!

I just learned today that they do change color, so if your mantis got next to some bright green, bet he/she'd change right fast.

Smiling
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Sep 20, 2014 6:54 PM CST
Oh! I didn't know they could change color like that.
thanks! Smiling
Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Sep 20, 2014 7:53 PM CST
I found one on the back porch just today that was dark gray and a sort of pewter color -- I had never seen that before, so I googled it. And, yup, they do that. Green Grin!
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Sep 21, 2014 4:47 AM CST
Lovely captures of a beautiful lady Ursula! Some insects change colour to overwinter, Green Lacewings go from green to a pale brown colour.

I would say it's Stagmomantis carolina ...

http://bugguide.net/node/view/462261
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Sep 21, 2014 7:04 AM CST
Thanks Janet! Yes, I would say you nailed it!
Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Feb 25, 2015 11:18 PM CST
The particular mantids, carolina mantis, each time a nymph sheds it's skin it can alter its body color to best match its surroundings, but it stays that color until next shed. Adults stay the same color though. That's why this species is highly variable, but usually green,brown, or gray. I've seen them in pink,yellow, and blue but it's very rare.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Feb 26, 2015 7:37 AM CST
Thanks Keith, interesting!
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Feb 26, 2015 10:10 AM CST
Here is a pink one (photo found online) Thumb of 2015-02-26/keithp2012/e62d47

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