The Chinese praying mantis is the largest mantis species in North America. They were introduced in 1896 as a population control measure for the gypsy moth but, like so often happens when introducing a new species, they have become invasive. This particular mantis was kept as a pet, collected and donated after its natural death.
Its original color was a light brown - the colors have been enhanced to mimic the hues of the venus flytrap plant.
The frame has two little legs that allow it to stand on its own, but it is also easily mounted on a wall. It measures 5.75 inches across and 6.25 inches tall.