Praying Mantis statue.

Praying Mantis Statue (Gone)

Field review by the editors.

Jennerstown, Pennsylvania

A Praying Mantis statue has stood along Route 30 -- the Lincoln Highway -- since the mid-1960s. Though it's a somewhat minor landmark at 9-ft. tall, it gets points for endurance. In November 2007, bug-averse vandals damaged the statue and dragged it across the street, where owner Georgia Sheftic found it. But this mantis is a tough bug; it has been vandalized and repaired before.

The big insect -- today referred to as "Survivor" by Sheftic -- was sculpted in fiberglass by James Sidwell, who also made a Praying Mantis and assorted creatures for Dinosaur Land in White Post, Virginia. It's been in its current location for over 20 years.

Praying Mantis Statue

East of town, on the south side of US 30, just west of its interchange with Hwy 219. Was next to a business named Weeds N Seeds.
Reported gone in 2012, 2014.

More Quirky Attractions in Pennsylvania

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in Pennsylvania.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Map and Plan Your Own Roadside Adventure ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Pennsylvania Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Corn Palace, Mitchell, South Dakota (Aug 2-8, 2021)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now