Yesterday afternoon, SANDY and I spent some time on chaise lounges on the patio facing Goose Lake. First time this year. As we watched the water and talked, I felt a tiny tickle on the back of one hand. Holding it up, I discovered a young praying mantis crawling around on me. It took several tries before I finally got a picture of it, pool work under my nails and all.
Even at this delicate stage of life, it’s already a hunter that will bag a fly or an aphid or another young mantis. Before long it will reach adulthood, big enough to take on a hummingbird if the chance comes along. Quite a dragon in the insect world. But yesterday afternoon, tromping around my finger, it provided entertainment, just another act presented by Goose Lake.