I suspect that this insect is an introduced Chinese Mantis based on its size and the fact that I found it outside a building with a lot of ornamental gardening, but I would love confirmation from an insect enthusiast!
17 Oct 2013.
Buckingham Springs, Bucks Co, PA.
Found on Taxus sp.
This Chinese Mantis was flying around and then promptly landed upon the grassy thing in the photo.
Praying mantis was very calm when picked up
His back looks like wood for camo. Green out line. It is about 3 in. They have a lot of reach and cling with claws. Has large legs for jumping. It has antennas.
The Chinese Mantis (Tenodera sinensis) is a species of praying mantis native to China. Around 1895 the species was imported to North America for biological pest control. Tenodera sinensis often is erroneously referred to as Tenodera aridifolia sinensis because it was at first described as a subspecies of Tenodera aridifolia, but Tenodera sinensis is now established as a full species.