I got a bit of a surprise sipping my coffee on the front deck this morning - this giant bug! At first, I thought it was a stick bug but a little google investigation revealed it's in fact a praying mantis. May I say, 'Holy Cow!'. It freaked me out a little - I've never seen one before and as I said, it was big. :)
She (he?) was entirely uninterested in me and sat in the shade for several hours and then just disappeared
for cover the camera.
It looks like the director for some unseen choir group...maybe it was just drying off :)
And a 1,2,3 and 4! All together now....
...and I repeat, 'Holy Cow!'