Tenodera aridifolia - Chinese Mantis
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2006
A Chinese Mantid searches for prey.  This species is common in the United States but it is not native, having been introduced for biological control.
USA AZ Pima Co.: Tucson
730m 32º14´N 110º58´W 

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 100mm f2.8 USM macro lens.