A European Mantis near Potter Pond on some Montauk Daisies. The spot on the inside of the upper arm is clearly visible. In my experience, the Chinese Mantis seems to be far more common in RI. In the second photo it caught a Honey Bee.
Collected on September 20th, but photographed in captivity while mating on September 24th. The female and male had both been well fed. Female decapitated the male during mating and consumed about 2/3 of his body.
captured on a day when I witnessed more praying mantises and more banded argiope spiders in one place than in all the places and all the days of my life before!!!