Mantis in the Mint

Imagine you’re a butterfly, investigating the flowers on a mint plant, and you find this waiting for you.

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It looks like a male Chinese mantis (Tenodera sinensis) to me, but I’m no expert.  Perhaps the mantis I saw at the end of August was a female, or maybe it’s the same animal but more mature.  They do move around; a few days after I took this photo, we found what looked like the same mantis in the lemon basil a few feet away.

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work: chemist, NMR manager; hobbies: gardening, reading, photography, electronics, biking, woodworking
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