What kind of Mantis is this?
I recently was out in the garden and came across a mantis. I took several picture of it and even have it for a pet now. She love to climb all over me and my son but doesn’t like when it’s time to go back into her cage. She is starting to molt finally, but I was curious to see if it was the Chinese mantis.
Woodbury County Iowa
Thank you for your message and for contacting Iowa State University. You are correct that the mantis you have found is the Chinese Mantis.
It's interesting that 40 years ago a praying mantis was a rare sight in far southern Iowa and now they are as far north as Sioux City.
Here is our online article about praying mantids. https://hortnews.extension.iastate.edu/praying-mantis