If you’ve been a long time reader you might remember last year when my dad found that the field behind their house was full of praying mantises. (See the post here!)
I’ve been anxiously awaiting the time to go look for them again since basically the day after we found those ones. On Labor Day this year when I was at my parents we took a quick trip back to the field only to find they weren’t there yet. I was nervous thinking we might have missed them this year but last Wednesday we took another trip back to find them and hit the jackpot. They blend in so well, it’s incredible. When you’re in the field, at first you can’t see any but then your eyes adjust and you realize those aren’t leaves, they’re praying mantis and they’re everywhere!
Over the weekend we went back again to look for more only to find one. It’s amazing how easy it is to miss things in nature if you don’t look close enough or aren’t there at just the right time.