4.....translating to the fourth entry in the contest, Georgia's New Hand Wingshooter Files. I'll be in touch to get your shipping information!
This quail hunter and daddy of two's answer was:
Man, tidious work requiring us to name the species. I was watching a less than interesting sporting show about hunting
stag in England. I stopped for a
momant to follow your blog when my wife asked me who NC State plays next.
tis carolina I exclaimed. Anyway, back to the hunting show.
The answer? Stagmomantis carolina, the Carolina Mantis. Unlike the (Chinese) Praying Mantis, who lays a teardrop shaped egg case, the Carolina Mantis lays a long, cylindrical egg case. I found it swaying on top of a broadleaf cattail in a beaver wetland along the North Carolina - Virginia border.
I've mentioned the Carolina Mantis on this blog a few times before, once in a detailed article on the critter about four years ago (after finding it on the eastern shore of Virginia), and once in a quick photo update from West Virginia about 15 months ago. I still haven't found one in Maryland (not counting the egg cases I brought north and put out in my yard).
Thanks for playing along, everybody!