Sunday, September 15, 2013
More Mantis Mania
It was hot and sticky and I was feeling crazy and left the sprinkler running in the back 40 for hours. When I went back and turned it off, the finches were having a noisy party in the tecomara hedge . . . and this wet mantis had climbed out of the foliage to glisten in the sun.
Yet another color variation in Stagmomantis californica, this pale tan adult female is really similar in hue to the metal plant support she's hanging on.
I found this oothecum among the eriogonum giganteum flowers . . .
no way to be sure but certainly possible this drippy beauty is the mother of the eggs inside.