Yes, Praying Mantis! Doesn’t it look like it’s praying to you?

Maybe for a meal, maybe for a safer spot than the column on my front porch to lay her eggs, maybe for me!  But – look at this little lady and tell me she isn’t praying! I’m speaking of course of the comments received about whether or not this cutie is a Preying Mantis or a Praying Mantis.  At the moment shown, she (six sections on her abdomen vs eight for a guy) is looking straight at us, and obviously sees I’m in need of prayer! (and that my porch column could use some scraping and painting, sigh). FYI, a praying mantis is the only insect that can turn his or her head this way.  The name is Praying Mantis, although some scientists think it should be preying mantis or mantid!

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