It was the first praying mantis I ever saw when I was 6. I was holding one in this picture. It's the mediterranen mantis, Iris oratoria. There aren't any in my yard, but there is a population of them at the arboretum.
This is the young male Iris I raised this summer.
He has recently reached adulthood, and must now be confined to a container or he'll fly away.
Here is an adult female Iris I found today.
She is smaller and has a more slender abdomen than the Stagmomantis limbata that I usually see in the yard
I. oratoria has a distinctive spot on the underside of the abdomen, in both sexes.
I found a purple one once.