This mantis rode into the house on an armful of Pure Florida oak firewood last weekend. Katie spotted him scampering up the rock face of the fireplace, so I caught him and released him on the porch.
It was night, but he hung around, so I grabbed the camera and captured his image to share with y'all.
I don't know this species, because ... I've never bothered to look it up ... surprise!
I just call these by the name Oak Mantis, because they are superbly matched to the oak bark around here ... especially the mottled smooth bark of younger oaks. They count on their camo and usually do not move until you are unknowingly about to place a hand on them.
They are pretty flat too, and the combo of colors and flatness just makes them part of the tree.
Their hunting equipment is pretty amazing.
Remember that old,old, scifi movie ? ... "The Deadly Mantis" ... I think that was the title.
Giant mantis created by atomic explosions wreaks havoc on civilization!
That movie scared me as a kid, but now I know too much stuff ... gravity makes big bugs impossible.
I find that reassuring.