I was sitting on the front porch after work drinking a glass of ice water (boy, it was hot today!) and I heard a rustle and then a thump! Here's what dropped from the sky (or more likely from the hanging plant above):
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Isn't the camouflage amazing? Those wings definitely look like long, thin leaves. Those spindly legs look like the fine stems of leaves. I'm not sure if this is a male or female praying mantis. If you didn't know, the female sometimes eats the male after mating. This was a BIG praying mantis. Maybe it is a female who consumed her significant other and that's why she's so substantial!
I swear it was looking at me as I was trying to get good pictures.