These photographs of a European praying mantis were taken recently outside The Commons restaurant by Alex B. The mantis is Connecticut’s state insect and is so named because it raises its front legs into a position that resembles meditation.

The mantis averages 2.5 inches in length, is harmless and is beneficial to gardens because it feeds on flies, grasshoppers and aphids that damage plants. Pay close attention when walking by the beautiful gardens on campus and you may a glimpse of this amazing insect.
~ D. Dunleavy

Photos: Alex B.

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