Field Notes: CHINESE MANTIS
Chinese Mantis are the largest mantis in North America, where it is an introduced species, being originally native to China. The Chinese Mantis often has a brownish back and striped head with a large stripe of green at the edge of the wings. As with other species of mantis, the Chinese Mantis is a predator that hunts primarily other insects, but will sometimes eat their own species, and even small animals such as reptiles or amphibians.
This particular Chinese Mantis was in a set of bushes just outside a retail establishment. Luckily I had the camera with me and was able to grab a few frames before driving away. Mantis are always fascinating creatures to watch.