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Grizzled Mantid

Gonatista grisea


Well-camouflaged mantids that live on this tree. They are well-suited for lichen-covered trees such as this because you can barely see it even when you are right in front of it. I have seen two on it at a time, but there could be more


Maple tree covered in lichens

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Well done to find that. Congrats.

Machi 4 years ago

Wow! Thanks everyone! Glad you all could appreciate these mantids!

Brian38 4 years ago

Great find and pics!!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

Well deserved, Machi. Congrats!

DanielePralong 4 years ago

Congratulations Machi, this amazing series has earned you a Spotting of the Day!

"Can you see it? We are continuing with our camouflage theme with this Grizzled Mantid (Gonatista grisea) as our Spotting of the Day! This species is a lichen mimic that lives on trees, and is native to the Southern United States, primarily Florida".



Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

Great pics!

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 4 years ago

wow... where is the creature???? amazing one. Thanks for sharing.

dandoucette 4 years ago

Wow, amazing camo!

Machi 4 years ago

Thanks Greg. They are amazing little critters!

Greg Shchepanek
Greg Shchepanek 4 years ago

Amazing camouflage...nice spotting!

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Florida, USA

Spotted on May 25, 2017
Submitted on Jun 16, 2017

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