Approximately 3″ long, white, with claws in the front and what appears to be some sort of pinchers in the back. Huge eyes, almost alien like.
This is a praying mantid. Since it does not have long wings, it is a young mantid and will molt another time or two. The adults of the Chinese mantid have wings that extend to the end of the abdomen(tail end). The wings are tan with green along the outer edge on both sides.
These mantids are found thru out North America and are from the egg cases that are available thru biological supply companies.
These are beneficial insects for the garden feeding on other insects…tho if you find them on your butterfly bush they will also eat butterflies, which is a concern to those growing butterfly gardens!:-)
An interesting note is the large eyes are dark brown at sunset while tan after sunrise and the rest of the day