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September 28, 2011

TT: Paige's Praying Mantis

Just the other night, later in the evening at 7 p.m. or so, the weather was balmy and warm, an unusual feeling here in northern California.  Paige was outside playing when she suddenly comes running in at full speed screaming for me to come out and look at the "inthect" out on the deck.  She wasn't screaming in fear, just excitement.

"The 'inthect' is just like the one in our book!!"

Sure enough, Paige had spotted a Praying Mantis just like the one in our insect book right on our very own deck.  Now I've only found one Praying Mantis, ever here on the farm, three years ago.  It was a beige colored one, just like this one and I found it here........

















on my Hydrangea plant.  Perfectly camouflaged with the tan colored stems.  At that time, I was not into taking the many photos I take today so it never even crossed my mind to take its photo. 

Or maybe I just wanted to get as far away from this creepy three inch insect as I could.  Bugs seem to be attracted to my hair for reasons unknown to me and I certainly didn't want this creature anywhere near my body.















But three years is a long time and I've taken thousands of photographs since then so when this very opportunity arose again, my camera was with me.

As I tried getting a little closer to her, she turned her alien shaped head in our direction and stared us down. 















Then our big bug eyes must have freaked out her big bug eyes because she began scampering up the side wall.  We then backed off and let her be.  Paige wanted to capture her and bring her in for show and tell at school but there was no way I was getting any closer to the creepy crawly.















So this Thursday I'm thankful I remembered to grab my camera for my second opportunity in viewing a Praying Mantis.

Do you have Praying Mantises living in your yard??  If so, are they green or beige?



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