Wings extended beyond abdomen, doesn't show in picture.
The images are really bad. My phone camera couldn't focus under the light conditions. The mantis was next to a walkway light and it was still dark out. It was eating a honey bee it had caught.
Two individuals (Female ate male after mating. This is not the rule, but, if the female is hungry, she will not pass up an easy meal!)
Record from Cleveland Metroparks Backyard Biodiversity Bash 2015
Naturalists & natural resource professionals at Cleveland Metroparks were assisted by local experts (Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership for Biodiversity, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, many volunteers) in the annual bioblitz of a constructed wetland behind the Watershed Stewardship Center, and meadow above a former landfill.
We caught these mantis hatchlings as they emerged so these are first instar nymphs
Flew over head then landed in garden near Lake Van
A big mantis! Maybe 4 inches? A little more? Didn't look like he was doing so well, though.
It looked like it had come from the little garden around the clock at the County Administration Building.
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.