Isn’t this praying mantis beautiful? And isn’t it amazing what you can see when you take the time to actually look?
I noticed this lone mantid while checking the progress of the native California Toyons (Heteromeles arbutifolia) that I planted last year. Moving ever so slowly so as not to startle it, I did my best to observe this spectacular creature from all sides. That’s when I noticed the water droplet. After returning to my best vantage point, I settled down and simply watched. What came next was such a treat!
Wasn’t that incredible?
The coolest part is that it felt like this mantid was observing me as much I was observing it. This was yet another reminder of why I plant natives, choose to garden organically (without the use of pesticides) and refuse to employ a mow-and-blow crew.
Have a wonderful weekend!