I was wondering when I would see my first praying mantis of the season. I kept checking my buddleias, where they normally hang out, to no avail. Then I found this youngster, upside down on the side mirror of my car. (Please excuse iPod photo)
I was leaving for work and I didn’t want it to blow off onto the highway, so kind person (read: sucker) that I am, I picked it up gently, intending to set it down in the grass.
It swiveled its head around to look at me and sank its mandibles into my hand.