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mantis 250The grizzled mantis (Gonatista grisea) is relatively common in southwest Florida. It is an arboreal (tree dwelling) mantid with varied color but usually a mottled gray-green, and dorsally-compressed (appears flattened.) They are known to press themselves flat against a tree trunk or other surface, as if to mimic lichen. Like their cousins, the preying mantis, they are predators of other arthropods.

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