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Florida Bark Mantis

Gonatista grisea


Hurricane Irma made a mess but she brought me bugs to shoot in North Florida. This Florida bark mantis, grizzled mantis or lichen mimic is a species of praying mantis native to the Southern United States, primarily Florida.

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RickBohler 10 months ago

You have good eyes. These things are hard to spot.

Dustin7 10 months ago

Was out in my yard yesterday and somehow managed to spot a bark mantis on the tree in my front yard

kris_anderson 3 years ago

Gonatista grisea, female

“Praying Mantises of the United States and Canada”

RickBohler 4 years ago

Thanks all <3 much appreciated :)

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

Great series! Congrats, Rick.

KostasZontanos 4 years ago

Congratulations Rick!

flowntheloop 4 years ago

Congratulations! Much deserved SOTD!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 4 years ago

Congratulations Rick. Fantastic spotting!

RickBohler 4 years ago

Oh WOW! ....Thank you! This made my day.

DanielePralong 4 years ago

Congratulations Rick, this great series is our Spotting of the Day! We're glad you made it OK through Irma.

"Take a complete tour of a Florida Bark Mantis (Gonatista grisea) in our Spotting of the Day! Also known as grizzled mantis or lichen mimic, this species is native to the Southern United States. It has a mottled brown and green appearance, providing excellent camouflage as it hunts on tree bark".



RickBohler 4 years ago

Awww, thank you again Hema.
Tell-ya-what...I'll keep my hurricanes and you can keep your earthquakes (LOL) :)

Hema 4 years ago

These are great photographs! Sorry to here about the damage.We were holding our breath! It was hard to watch.Having experienced the Wrath of the Bombay monsoons, It was easy to relate a little.Out here in San Fransisco,we are on edge with Earthquakes! We are happy to see you safe and sound.

RickBohler 4 years ago

Thank you, Andy, Hema, and Sarah. Hema, yea "I think" I lived.. My neighborhood is a wreck! Thanks for asking :)

SarahWhitt 4 years ago

WOW...really COOL, Rick!!

Hema 4 years ago

fantastic series!Did you live thru Irma?!

AndyConda 4 years ago

Fantastic find and wonderful photos

RickBohler 4 years ago

Thanks Mark and Brian :) it was really cool hanging out with this guy. it seemed to have a sense of intelligence.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Yes great series Rick

Brian38 4 years ago

This is a fantastic series if pics!!

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Jacksonville, Florida, United States

Spotted on Sep 16, 2017
Submitted on Sep 16, 2017

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