|This one is enjoying our roses!|
There is a long standing American urban legend that killing a praying mantis is illegal and subject to a fine. The beginnings of this legend isn't known, but may have started due to the low number of sightings and because of how beneficial they are to gardens in which they live.
Mantis have been thought of by the Chinese as "courageous and fearless". They have been depicted in different art forms, as seen in the below sample picture, showing a human sized mantis standing on a prophet.
|M.C. Escher's DREAM|
We have enjoyed our praying mantis and consider ourselves lucky when we get to see them. Nice to know that are hard at work in the garden, even if we can't see them!