Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Phasmatodea ?
Namaste Aniruddha, I'm in Tiruvannamalai T.N., I met interesting animal looking as walking straw of grass. Length was about 10 cm. Do you know exactly the name of this animal ? Thanks Josef
Thank you for writing in. The images you have provided are that of a Praying Mantis (Order Mantodea), which is commonly called Indian Grass Mantis or simply stick mantis.
Identifying mantises upto species level is a hard subject, but I would hazard a guess that this is the commonly occurring Schizocephala bicornis, a beautiful large mantis common throughout India's forests.
Distinguishing mantises from Phasmatodea (Stick insects) is easy - stick insects do not have prominent, long antennae, and although they also hold their fore-limbs extended, they are distinctly different than the mantis' raptorial legs.
More info on this mantis:
I hope this helps.