A wee visitor…

7-24-13 mantis on coneflowerA tiny little, 1″ long preying mantis joined me in the garden this morn.  They’re not intimidating when they’re this small, but when they get bigger, I stand back.  In the photo on the left, I imagine him to be saying, “Whatcha lookin’ at, lady”?

They used to be considered good to have in your garden, but now the experts say they eat both good and bad bugs.  I’ll let mine stay and take my chances on how many good bugs he/she eats.  I think they are a pretty cool bug!