Spot the mantid!

Reader Gabe McNett sent a hard “spot the mantid” photo. His notes and the photo follow (enlarge it to aid your sleuthing):

I thought I would share a few pictures for a possible “Spot the ….” entry to your blog. I saw this mantis in the field this morning, which I believe is a late-stage nymph of the introduced Chinese mantis (Tenodera sinensis). I would not have seen it if it hadn’t moved.

I rate this “pretty damn hard.” The reveal will be at noon Chicago time.


  1. Posted July 15, 2017 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    Try as I might. I had no luck spotting it.

  2. Posted July 15, 2017 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Got it. Good one! Thank you for sending this in, Gabe.

    • Gabe McNett
      Posted July 15, 2017 at 8:02 am | Permalink

      You’re welcome! Thanks Mark. I know you’ve shared many of these yourself, so I bet you’ve got a pretty good eye for them at this point.

      • Posted July 15, 2017 at 8:17 am | Permalink

        I am sure I miss a lot. If I just stand in one spot for 10 minutes, I wind up seeing more and more critters.

  3. Phil Rounds
    Posted July 15, 2017 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    There he is!!

  4. Posted July 15, 2017 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Can we get a hint?

  5. claudia baker
    Posted July 15, 2017 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Too damn hard for me.

  6. sabre422
    Posted July 15, 2017 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    I have been successful with only a few of the “very hard” ones.

    But I got this one in less than a minute. A bit of luck and the fact that when I was just a boy, I used to take pride in bringing home quite a few of these for my mother to see.

  7. darrelle
    Posted July 15, 2017 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Brianna and I got it!

  8. ratabago
    Posted July 15, 2017 at 11:10 am | Permalink


    That took way too long.

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