On a recent kayak trip down the Elm Fork of the Trinity River we picked up an uninvited guest along the way. Seeking a little respite from the blazing sun, we parked our kayaks under the shade of some river-overhanging branches. Shortly afterwards this little green girl dropped in.

This is a female Carolina Mantis, one of the several different species of praying mantises that live in the state of Texas. She rode with us until we needed another break from the intense summer heat. Under another set of shade-providing branches the intrepid praying mantis jumped off nearly a mile (two kilometers) upstream from where her journey began.

Carolina Mantis - Stow Away

Carolina Mantis - Stow Away

Observation Details

County Denton Carrollton - Sandy Lake
City Carrollton
Date Aug 23, 2013
Time of Day Noon
Temperature Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C)
Weather Partly Cloudy
Habitat Water-River
Type of Behavior Roaming
Gender Female
Maturity Juvenile
Observer Jonah Taylor
Main Article Carolina Mantis Observation Location