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Happenings in the insect world
by Jim Crumpler
on September 13, 2018 at 3:41 AM
Wow, insects are incredibly diverse!
by Art Shapiro
on September 13, 2018 at 8:45 AM
I brought in a locally-collected mantispid a few years ago and it should be in that unit tray! I think I've seen 3 of them in 46 years at Davis--one of which was this year. I didn't molest it.
by Dō
on June 10, 2019 at 11:35 AM
I just found one in my yard! I’ve never seen or even heard of them.  
And it was on a plant that also had a small praying mantis on it.  
by not Do
on July 13, 2019 at 1:55 PM
Just saw one in the Eastern Midwest US. Interesting looking thing.
by Xander
on May 3, 2020 at 4:40 PM
I just found this site while trying to identify a green mantisfly I found. I thought I was saving a young mantis from a leftover spiderweb on my birdhouse, but apparently I was just pestering a newly emerged mantisfly. It's wings have now uncurled and became clear. They were curly and opaque when I found it. Interesting little bug! (SW Missouri 5/3/2020)
by Rhonda Herkes
on May 14, 2020 at 1:02 PM
Just found one while deadheading my gardenia bush. Had to search the internet to determine exactly what it was as I have never seem one before. Metairie La
by Will Partin
on June 6, 2020 at 6:43 PM
Found one on my patio table just hanging out. Grand Junction Co 6/6/2020
by Molly
on June 26, 2020 at 9:30 AM
I just saved one I sucked up in our vacuum thinking it was a small wasp... thought it was a praying mantis but now I feel bad for our friendly spiders.
by Brian Krull
on June 27, 2020 at 6:27 PM
I live in Ham Lake, MN and I came across one of these mantidflies while pulling weeds from the flower bed. I also had to look this up as I have never seen one in my 48 years. Very interesting
by Dennis Moncla
on June 27, 2020 at 9:12 PM
Just had one land on me while I was watching the river flow by near Johnson City, TX. Took some good pictures of him while he was around. Glad I didn’t kill him thinking it was a small yellowjacket about to sting me!
by Amy E Perkins
on June 29, 2020 at 4:02 PM
I have one chilling on my goldenrods today. Do I care that it is here? What do the adults eat? (Please tell me Japanese beetles. Ha!) I am very new to gardening, and excited to learn about all the insects that my perennials will attract.
by Leslie
on July 4, 2020 at 4:54 AM
Found one on the inside of our glass storm door. 7/4/2020  
Langhorne, PA  
Wings more lacy than those pictured here. Also nearly black. Astonishing creature. Lucky I found it and let it out before out kitten got it!
by Joyce Minard
on July 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM
61 years old and today was a first for me! Got a great video of those lobster claws. Rockford, MN
by David R Wittenberg
on July 9, 2020 at 2:34 AM
I caddy out at Sand Valley Golf Resort in Wisconsin and this precious little gem decided to land and rest on my hand. I, of course, jumped at the thought of a wasp but quickly noticed the body structure and mantis-like forelimbs. Flies and spiders are plentiful so I'm sure it was living its best life! What a find!
by Ethan Bush
on July 11, 2020 at 7:11 AM
We just found one in our house in southeast Indiana.
by Marilyn Marks
on July 15, 2020 at 8:03 AM
I found one attached to my screen and when I saw it I said "What the.....!" Never saw one of these astonishing sci-fi-looking creatures before in my 60 years. Took a video. I believe it may have just hatched because it kept curling and then unfurling its damp front "mantis" appendages, like a butterfly does its wings, then suddenly flew off.
by Ceci
on July 15, 2020 at 12:11 PM
There is one on my screen door. We were noticing how odd it looked, so I took a pic and had to look it up. Do they sting humans?
by Suzy
on August 2, 2020 at 10:39 AM
Just found one in the house today (8/2/2020). Collected it from the floor onto my cell phone, then carried it outside. I thought it was a praying mantis, but was confused by the "butt" looking like a wasp. Glad I found this site and info, and that others have recently commented about finding one too!  
(Pittsburgh, PA suburbs)
by Erica Jo
on August 4, 2020 at 3:51 PM
I have NEVER seen or heard of these until today...8/4/2020 6:36pm Woodlawn, VA. I am fascinated by insects and when stepping outside of our home, I noticed one on the siding next to the sliding glass door. I have lived in various areas of VA for most of my life, as well as, FL & ME and never seen anything like it. It was very intriguing, to say the least.
by Jennifer
on August 15, 2020 at 5:27 PM
Met one Aug. 7 when I dumped a paper bag full of PVC parts (that had been on the porch for a couple weeks) into a bucket. It was having trouble climbing out of the bucket, I gave it an assist and it allowed me to get a photo before it flew off (with me thinking, huh, had no idea a praying mantis could fly). Kern Valley (Wofford Heights), CA
by melentine hatrick
on August 21, 2020 at 11:57 AM
We just found one on top of the travel trailer under one of the light caps..hanging with wasps under there. I got a video..
by LeeAnn M Scheonrock
on September 13, 2020 at 12:44 PM
What an awesome find in Kalamazoo, Michigan! I saw something strange on my kitchen floor and thought it was a wasp. It started walking with its forearms and I did a double take. I took it outside for a better view. What a strange lovely fierce creature. I took pictures and looked it up on Google. I enjoyed reading the description of its life cycle. My family does not like spiders; reading that they attach to spiders as larva then wriggle into the spiders egg sac was fascinating! I have always loved praying mantises. I caught one as a child and made a nice home for it in a bucket for a few weeks. I kept a screen on top and fed it spiders and grasshoppers. We have told the story many times about my mom screaming on our couch after being bit by a spider. She used a paper towel to pick it up, fed it to my praying mantis and watched with delight as it devoured the culprit. She liked to add a creepy tone as she told the story. I fittingly let the wasp mantidfly go near a spider's web.
by Naomi
on December 3, 2020 at 7:41 AM
I just found one in Orlando, FL! Never heard of it before today!
by Marilyn
on December 12, 2020 at 10:27 AM
I just found one in a basket. I change it seasonally from my attached garage from spring garden gloves etc. to winter snow ones! I did think it was thee tiniest praying mantis I’d ever encountered!  
I immediately threw him down the drain as I had enough of being allergic to everything I touched from Mother Nature!
by Anissa
on May 13, 2021 at 3:19 PM
I found and photographed a black one of these on my balcony lounge chair in Southern California yesterday!
by Carol
on June 2, 2021 at 7:30 AM
A light tan one showed up in my kitchen today! Never seen or heard of them. Released outdoors in Central Texas.
by Jane
on June 4, 2021 at 3:51 AM
Just found one in Marblehead, MA
by Lynn Wallberg
on June 4, 2021 at 3:15 PM
NW Tennessee. June 4, 2021, Late afternoon. Noticed a 'bug on the porch screen. Collected. Found it to be the mantisfly. First ever seen since living here past 10 years.
by Cory
on June 12, 2021 at 5:03 PM
Just spotted my first today here in Boston, MA! Chilling in my gutter downspout. I also found it's fresh molt still attached to the underside of a table. Glad I was able to find this page to learn more about them!
by Eric
on June 18, 2021 at 6:17 AM
June, 17th 2021  
I saw one sitting on my window screen in Dyer, Indiana.  
Pretty cool!
by Dawn Colford
on June 24, 2021 at 5:06 PM
My son found one in our garden on the raspberry bushes. We live in Southeast Wisconsin. I have never seen an insect like this before. They are my new best friend bc they eat spiders 🤣
by Carla
on June 25, 2021 at 8:06 PM
Just found one tonight in my apartment on the ceiling at 11PM Rockland County, NY
by Rita
on June 29, 2021 at 8:09 AM
I found one today while sitting in the sun, just chilling beside us in the clover. My son wanted to squish it. We took lots of great photos and love clips so we could watch how it moved and noticed it was not a wasp. Found this site trying to identify! Thanks!
by Rita
on June 29, 2021 at 8:11 AM
I found one today while sitting in the sun, just chilling beside us in the clover. My son wanted to squish it. We took lots of great photos and love clips so we could watch how it moved and noticed it was not a wasp. Found this site trying to identify! Thanks! Oh in Northern New York State up by the Canadian border, near the Adirondacks
by Ingrid
on June 29, 2021 at 10:55 AM
Found one while weeding my driveway just now! I found this site while googling to find out what it was. Wauwatosa, WI
by Blythe
on July 2, 2021 at 8:02 AM
My husband and I were cleaning the garage and found a huge yellow sac spider. She was about to nest up and lay eggs. We put her in a glass jar just to watch what happens next. I noticed a weird blackness getting bigger inside on the bottom of the sack. Today approximately 3 weeks later, I see another bug inside the jar. Confused. I asked my husband if he had found a crazy looking bug that resembles a praying mantis. He said no, and was extremely confused like myself. So I began to search this weird bug, found out they attach themselves to spiders. Crazy cool. Near Lake Erie, southern Minnesota.
by Cheryl
on July 4, 2021 at 10:27 AM
Found one today on my storm door.  
Found this webpage while searching for the species since I’ve never seen one until today.  
Thanks for providing the information.
by Kristen
on July 9, 2021 at 8:02 AM
Just found one hanging out in my kitchen. Had to look it up.. very interesting. Syracuse, NY .PUSYJU
by Jenn
on July 10, 2021 at 8:41 AM
Found one of these munching a moth on the inside of my car - glad to have found this resource as I've never seen anything like it! Such an interesting little guy. Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
by Julie
on July 26, 2021 at 8:19 AM
Found an adult one in the garden on July 21, waiting motionless for prey to pass by. Totally amazed at this insect's appearance and all the info I've learned here. I've noted many of the recent comments are also from my region. -Saratoga County, Upstate NY
by James
on July 29, 2021 at 10:54 AM
Found one on the window of my 12th story Condo in Toronto Canada.  
Definitely interesting and cool looking creature, never seen anything like it. Thank god for Google!
by Pamela Kutscher
on August 8, 2021 at 12:08 PM
How cool! I found one a week ago on my patio in Frankfort, KY. I've never seen one is full of surprises. Thank you for this site.
by Ralph Meyer
on August 31, 2021 at 7:08 PM
Just found 4 (!) of them on my tiny cherry tree in Norrhern Utah. These are the first ones I have ever seen. So cool. I fed one of them with a little saw fly larva I found on the leaves. It grabbed it and ate most of it.
by Kaitlin Luikart
on September 2, 2021 at 12:03 PM
Just found one on my front door just chilling, little teeny tiny one too!
by Jamie Ross
on September 15, 2021 at 4:39 PM
Found one in Havre MT on my camper today.
by Pat Volkmann
on October 13, 2021 at 6:51 PM
I just took a photo of a mantidfly today. Never saw one before. Seemed a bit lethargic.
by John M
on June 8, 2022 at 3:08 AM
Just saw one in the The Colony Tx 06/08/2022 at 4.30 am
by John M
on June 8, 2022 at 3:09 AM
Just saw one in the The Colony Tx 06/08/2022 at 4.30 am
by Dan
on July 17, 2022 at 9:19 PM
Found one at Tamarack Nature Center in White Bear Lake,MN in the prairie. Took some pics and video. I've seen pictures and videos of it before but never thought I see one in person.
by Jim
on July 24, 2022 at 3:28 PM
Seen one in Massachusetts
by Catherine
on August 21, 2022 at 3:19 AM
Found one last evening among the plants that are under grow lights in my kitchen:
by Paige
on May 26, 2023 at 10:06 AM
There’s one on the screen of my front porch window right now in central Texas. Thought it was a wasp at first.
by Naomi
on July 13, 2023 at 9:17 AM
Just found a baby on flowers at the nature center here in southwest suburbs of Chicago! Interesting little guy!
by Naomi
on July 13, 2023 at 9:17 AM
Just found a baby on flowers at the nature center here in southwest suburbs of Chicago ! Interesting lil guy!
by ToniCT
on October 4, 2023 at 8:19 PM
Just had one on my door (here in CT.) it laid a ton of eggs. like a patch of tiny sticky particles. So weird and cool!
by Amanda
on October 9, 2023 at 8:38 PM
I live in Pittsburgh, PA. Two days ago a Mantid wasp laid a patch of eggs on the wall of my porch! What an amazing little creature! Is there anything I should do? I don't know if I should try and save them from freezing over the winter or if it's something I may not want hanging around my house? I'm always saving random creatures I know won't survive on their own so if they are helpful I'll do whatever I can. But I'm not familiar with the species and am concerned they may be invasive? Any information would be extremely helpful! Thank you for your time!
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