Lots of photos left over on the jump drive from 2012;
Stagmomantis californica edition.
As the new year began one of the 2011 mantises was found celebrating on a C7 holiday bulb. Cheers, and happy new year 2012.
Another adult was playing hard to get among Juan's aeonium a little bit later in January. The days grow steadily longer but the big mantises disappear.
In March I started seeing tiny ones in various places. Last photo taken in June, among the grass of June. Then, a complete dearth of images until after Halloween.
In mid-November, as visions of upcoming Thanksgiving turkey danced in our heads, the succulent mature mantises reappeared from among the shrubberies. This beauty showed up on a rose across the street.
A few days later this one made an appearance on top of the recycle bin.
Could this have been the same one from the rose, having hitched a ride on my shirt the other day?
A few days passed and no sign of them . . . back into the shrubberies to arise again as a January surprise in 2013? We can only hope.