At the @gardenofeden our ecosystem is thriving. Bugs of all kinds are part of the magnificence, and the praying mantis is an integral part of the whole.
I have seen at least a half a dozen praying mantises the past 3 days.
One was on my beverage glass,
was so camouflaged and stayed still for so long
I wondered if it was still alive.
This one was inside of our tented gazebo,
so happy to be seen, and really got into my paying attention to him.
He turned his little face toward me and stared right into my eyes.
He didn't really hold still much for a good clear shot with my camera,
but didn't seem to mind that I was up in his face,
and was really intent at acknowledging my presence
with interest and eye-to-eye connection.
WOW! NATURE TRULY IS MAGNIFICENT