As the temperature starts to rise, I can always look forward to the appearance of praying mantids in the backyard. It's a funny thing, since we never used to see them until about three years ago. Now, they're a welcome addition to our garden. So far, we've seen three this season.
Here's one of them. It lives in a penthouse at the top of the bay leaf plant. It's probably only a half-inch long right now, but hopefully it will grow big and strong and decide to stick around for a while.