This nice fellow was out in the yard at the house in France. Nice Praying Mantis that really reminded me of the movie critter ET. He is on the plastic lawn chair.
Explore Sept 20 # 75
The English common name for any species in the order is "praying mantis", because of the typical "prayer-like" attitude with folded fore-limbs, although the eggcorn "preying mantis" is sometimes used in reference to their predatory habits. In Europe and other regions, however, the name "praying mantis" refers to only a single species, Mantis religiosa. The closest relatives of mantises are the termites and cockroaches.