Little Mantis

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It is normally autumn before I see these, and they are full grown by then.
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Dead heading a rose, I noticed this one on the spent bloom cluster.  That rounded shape is a rose hip, to give you an idea of her size.
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When I was done taking her photo, I placed her carefully back on the rose, unharmed, but likely puzzled, if a Mantis can be puzzled.

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  1. So cute! She seemed to be watching you the whole time.

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    1. And she is! Those dots are her eyes looking upwards. Amazing little beasties they are.

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  2. That is very cute. I love the way they swivel their heads and eyes to follow you.

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    1. Their eyes can look up, backwards...so cool!

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  3. Lovely to be able to make a picture of that little mantis, we rarely see these funny creatures in our country.

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    1. Yes, they are lovely to see in the garden!

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  4. So adorable for a killing machine. I wish I had some in my yard. Maybe someday I should buy an eggcase.

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    1. I don't know how they ended up here, but I'm glad they did!

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  5. I love finding baby mantises in the garden! Some of them stay in essentially the same spot for most of the summer, so you can always go and check on them.

    My mantises haven't hatched yet -- they're a little late. I expect it any day now.

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    1. I seem to get one Mantis for every two roses. They have their own "territory", like cats. ;)

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  6. These are my favorite bugs. Well, actually, they are the only bugs I like.

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    1. They are something! Butterflies are nice too, but I guess they are not technically bugs. Lady bugs?

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  7. I never see them here, but would love to encounter one of these fascinating little creatures in the garden.

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