European Mantis

Ah, the joys of living in the countryside: On September 19th 2015, we found this lovely visitor next to our front door:

It’s a European Mantis (europ√§ische Gottesanbeterin), probably a female because of the size. They are quite rare in Germany and are only found in very warm regions like the one we live in.

This specimen is probably pining for the fjords by now, since only the eggs survive the winter.