Praying mantis

6665.    I squash it on my front porch a few days ago. I have never seen an insect as such before and wonder what it is and if it bites? Thank you. Gatineau, Qc. Canada

 

Number 6665.  This is a praying mantis (order Mantodea) in the family Mantidae; I cannot tell you any more because of the damaged condition of this specimen. All mantids are general predators on anything that they can capture, but are harmless to humans. Click here for details.