This insect is a praying mantid. The front legs are usually held upright in what looks like a praying position…hence the name. Mantid refers to the entire group of insects in the order Mantodea. Mantis is a genus in the order. Mantids are predators on insects and small animals like frogs. They are considered to be very beneficial for controling pests in the yard and garden.
In the US, we have green, brown and brown with green markings on our mantids. The mantids lay egg cases in the fall time of year which hold hundreds of eggs. These egg cases then hatch in the early summer and help control pests.