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What is this bug #609131

Asked December 27, 2019, 4:25 PM EST

This bug has been in my garage for a month,he has captured a stink bug on the other end of his body,it appears to be trying to eat it..What is this creature...

Somerset County Maryland

Expert Response

This is a praying mantis, a beneficial insect.  They usually hibernate over the winter, but your garage (and a diet of stinkbugs) must be keeping him around.  As it gets colder, he will either hibernate or die.  If we have a fairly warm day, you could try moving him outside to a sheltered sunny area, where he may be able to find a place to overwinter safely.

Here's more fun info: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/predators-praying-mantid-mantis

Ellen
Sorry.  Meant to say they overwinter as eggs in an egg case. This guy is going to die one way or the other before spring.  He will not make it through the winter.

Ellen
Thanks for the info.
Joe
The Question Asker Replied January 13, 2020, 7:55 PM EST

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