Isn’t this a beauty? I found him this morning on the path close to home. I got down on my hands and knees to get a close-up, and he was clearly watching me.
I’ve seen three Praying Mantises today. I saw two more within half an hour of seeing this one, while I was running on the network of concrete tracks that pass through the tangerine farms nearby. The second one was smaller and brown, the third just like this one. From what I’ve just read, it seems that the female is green and relatively large while the male is smaller and brown. That being the case, this is a ‘she’ rather than a ‘he’.
If you get the impression that the paths are alive with insects, that’s not so far from the truth. There are all sorts of hopping, jumping and whirring things. It’s cooler now than it was a month ago, so there are fewer but they’re still around.
Here’s another photo, this time of a male. He’s smaller and less impressive than the female.