(or a woolly bear caterpillar)
Common folklore says the severity of the coming winter can be predicted by the amount of black on a woolly bear. It’s believed that if a woolly bear caterpillar’s brown stripe is thick, the winter weather will be mild and if narrow, the winter will be severe.
I’m guessing none of that mattered to the mantis.
(Click on the pic for a better view of the gory details)