|Prairie Walkingstick (Diapheromera velii), probably female,|
as males have a spine on the femora of the 2nd & 3rd pairs of
This mild-mannered plant-eater looks so delicate compared to the carnivorous praying mantis clinging to our screen (pictured below), with its huge front legs, just made for grabbing.
I was confused by this Walkingstick's anatomy--I kept looking for the head up at the top! And it seemed she only had 4 legs! Then I realized that she was holding her first set of legs straight in front of her and that those were her tarsi next to her antennae. Her head--with the eyes visible--is actually right at the end of the light-colored part--right where it should be--just above where her front legs join her body.
This large (ca. 2") praying mantis is one of two common species in Kansas. The other one--the Slender Prairie Mantid--is small--less than 1". Check out those "arms!"
|Carolina Mantid (Stagmomantis carolina) perched on our Sun Room|
window screen, 8/12/2015. Probably male, as females do not have such
long & fully developed wings.