Today's photos were taken in my back yard. The first is about a month old; the second I took just a couple days ago. I'm fairly sure both these shots are of the same praying mantis (it's not like my yard has a ton of hiding places for big insects.
Young Mantis on Sage
Older and Wiser Mantis on Basil
Images copyright Mark A. Thomas
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