My new friend!

Walked outside the other day and spotted this little beauty perched on my screen door.

So of course I had to:

FIRST: Grab my camera (I am a photographer, right?)
SECOND:  Transfer him (her?) to the garden.
THIRD:  Lay down in the garden and start shooting

Did you now that Praying Mantids get their name because they have very long front legs 
that they hold in a position that reminds people of praying. 
Those front legs have rows of sharp spines to help them hold on to their prey,
 which they usually begin to eat head first!  eek
Praying mantids are carnivores: addition to insects such as crickets and grasshoppers, mantids eat spiders, frogs, lizards, and even small birds. (Seriously, a bird?)

Praying mantids can turn their head 180 degrees!
 They’re well-camouflaged, adapting colors that help them blend with plants. Some also have amazing body shapes that make them look like leaves or branches. 
And I’ll add this little scary tidbit:
.Females sometimes practice sexual cannibalism, eating their mates after copulation. 
Occasionally, the females decapitate the males just before or during mating.
Um.  Yikes.

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