This dude was watching me carefully from the stone steps in front of the house.
Praying mantids are way cool! They're the only insect that have movable necks. When I called Eddie to come and see it, the mantid moved and twisted his head to look at Eddie. Mantids can get pretty big (this one was probably five inches long, not counting the antennae), and have even been known to eat birds, mice and lizards!
Unfortunately, this fellow probably has less than a month to live.