Found this guy (gal? -- probably) on our woodpile last week.
Notice how well she blends in with her surroundings.
Praying mantises are fascinatingly creepy. Everything about them -- from their lightening-fast, powerful arms to their propensity to eat their mates to their opportunistic grabbing of prey even as big as hummingbirds -- makes me glad they're only a few inches long.
You know all those zombie movies that are so popular? Well, to me mantises are the zombies of the insect world. They want brains, man. They're slow and fast at the same time. They're relentless in their stalking.
Yep, zombies. "Braaaaaiiiiinnnnnssssss....."