Baby mantises

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.

Daylily in the background. I planted a ton of these years ago when I was a single mom and wanted nearly indestructible landscape plants. Now I kind of wish I had planted something else since pollinators aren't really interested in them. They're pretty though.
Mantis climbing. Daylily in the background. I planted a ton of these years ago when I was a single mom and wanted nearly indestructible landscape plants. Now I kind of wish I had planted something else since pollinators aren’t really interested in them. They’re pretty though.
As you can see by the amputated leg on my finger another bug was not as lucky.
After rescue from the web. As you can see by the amputated leg on my finger another bug was not as lucky.

We found it again today near the same spot.