Praying Mantis type front legs.
Cannon River public access
Red Wing, Minnesota
Pretty sure my ID at http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/730897 applies here.
I saw and photographed two Mantispids on two different milkweed plants. I have recorded images at other times posted at URL: http://www.bio.umass.edu/biology/kunkel/butterfly_walk/2006/mantispid.html
This species looks like a small preying mantid but also looks like a paper wasp.
Gorgeous. Watched it shed from pupae to adulthood. There was a second exuvium in the same area indicating the spider that lived there was Parisitized by at least two individuals.
Besides moths at night, there are some really odd critters that appear on the windows.
Mantispidae, known commonly as mantidflies, mantispids, mantid lacewings or mantis-flies, is a family of small to moderate-sized insects in the order Neuroptera. There are many genera with around 400 species worldwide, especially in the tropics and subtropics. Only 5 species of Mantispa occur in Europe.