The Gottlieb Native Garden

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

Bordered Mantis

This sub-adult Bordered Mantis is one of our native praying mantises.

The majority of praying mantises found in gardens around the Los Angeles area are not native to the US.  This is because nurseries and garden centers sell mostly oriental mantis egg-cases for organic insect control.  And frankly. introducing non-native praying mantises is not the best solution for insect control because they catch anything that moves, including beneficial insects.  So even when it comes to insects – we try to encourage "using" natives!! 

Bordered Mantis - Stagmomantis limbata