California Mantis (Stagmomantis californica)

Origin: Southwest USA
Sighted at: My apartment @ Hill Country, Austin, TX

Imagine my surprise to see an entirely different type of mantis outside my apartment! Imagine my further surprise to discover that there’s actually at least a dozen of these things climbing all over the walls in the stairwell of my apartment building. Do mantises move in packs?? What are they looking for?!

This is the first Everyday Zoology photo that I’ve taken with my new iPhone 5S – a nice jump up from my model 4! I’m pretty pleased with it so far!