This beautifully colored California mantis, Stagmomantis californica, was prowling along the top of my old hall tree in the low angle winter sunshine the other day.
Apparently she had left this ootheca in a convenient 90 degree angle on the piece of furniture that I guess will remain unfinished until spring when the baby mantises hatch.
These mantises come in a nice array of colors. In addition to the golden green one on the hall tree, through the summer I found:
a bone white one that grew up on adenium stems of nearly the same color;
climbing an old wooden slot-spoon hanging on a rebar stake;
Ah, summer I miss you now.