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The Praying Mantis has been the subject of several blogs that I read in the past two weeks. This must be the season for them, for when I came home today I found one on the patio door.

Praying Mantis.

Praying Mantis.

With a mostly green body with brown wings, it is a mantis that originated from Asia but since 1896 has escaped captivity, and is now a common insect in the Northeast United States. It is called a Chinese Praying Mantis (Tenodera sinensis). As I came closer and closer to it, it only made minor moves, jumping from the glass door to the screen as I opened the door.

Praying Mantis.

Praying Mantis.

Praying Mantis.

Praying Mantis, closer.

Praying Mantis.

Praying Mantis, even closer.

Praying Mantis.

Praying Mantis, closest.

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