Stick Mantis Pisgah National Forest North Carolina

Stick Mantis

Stick mantis and twig mantis are common names applied to numerous species of mantis that mimic sticks or twigs as camouflage. “Walking” sticks mantis can be plentiful among the leaves of trees or in grass and yet not be seen because they mimic a twig or stem so exactly. The local species, living in the woodlands, have bodies about four inches long and one-eighth inch wide when adult. They even have body rings that look like growth rings on a twig, In early summer they are green like the fresh new growth of plants; later they become brown as the vegetation changes color. The six long spindly legs add to the deception.

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