I know, you're all going to think I'm obsessed with mantids and their rather gruesome dietary habits. But you have to admit, they really do look amazing.
This one caught a major meal, perched at the base on one of the fence slats and had already consumed half the grasshopper when I found it. Very much worth a wander down the yard for this one. For all that both are jumpers and that they have other similarities of form, these two arent closely related. The Carolina mantis is actually more a cousin to the cockroach than the orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets and katydids).