“Get your camera!” My sister called through the storm door. “It’s not a snake, but I know you’ll want a picture of this.”
I grabbed my Canon and headed to the back yard, where two days prior my younger sister had spotted a black snake. (On that particular day, she had hollered “Snake!” But instead of grabbing a shovel, which she hoped I would fetch, I came round the house with my camera in my hand. The snake got away. …And I didn’t get a picture.)
This time, what peered up at me was a mantis religiosa. A praying mantis. …And it was more than happy to pose for some pictures.
The praying mantis blended in so well with the bushes that we coaxed her onto a vacant bird feeder to get a closer look. (Disclaimer: No praying mantises were harmed in the making of this blog post.)
I’ve never inspected a praying mantis up close and at length before. I was amazed at how “aware” this insect is. She followed our movements and cocked her head from side to side. It was fascinating.
The praying mantis makes a fascinating and unusual pet. It is feisty and unafraid of humans. Besides being a ‘personable’ insect, its brilliant design demonstrates a Creator with unfathomable intelligence and ingenuity. 
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