A VERY Pregnant Praying Mantis

At one point during the day I saw a huge, very pregnant praying mantis hanging out on the screen door, so I went outside to get some photos of her.  I was worried about how exposed she was on the screen, so I picked her up and walked her over to the ivy growing on the fence before I took the photos.  Her abdomen was really distended; she was ready to pop… so I hope she found a good to lay her egg mass…

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Mary K. Hanson is an author, nature photographer and Certified California Naturalist living with terminal cancer.