Yesterday we started seeing baby praying mantises in the yard. Last year we bought eggs to hatch from the last farm in Boston, which happens to be about 5 minutes away from my house, and had a yard full of them (yes, I know they are the eggs of Chinese mantises). It seems that some of those must have been able to breed and lay eggs themselves — though it is possible they are a native species. In any case, I rescued this one from a spider’s web yesterday. (It must have had some sort of death wish as I actually had to fish it out of the same web twice. Or maybe the spider (a tunnel weaver tucked into a half-rolled-up daylily leaf) was wiggling in a way that made it impossible for the mantis to resist, since they are basically bug-killing/eating robots. When I stare at them (and they stare back) I’m glad I’m a lot bigger than they are.
We found it again today near the same spot.