Right now in my urban garden the Praying mantis are everywhere! What started as dime-sized crawlers have turned into dollar bill sized acrobats. They have vaulted onto me more than once when I have accidentally disturbed their foraging spot. Praying mantis feed on aphids and mosquitoes and I have a plenty of each this year.
As promised, here is my follow-up post to Friends In The Garden: Inviting Animals And Insects, where I offer suggestions on soliciting visitors to even the smallest of spaces. As the plants in my little habitat grow, so too have the amount of occupants. Below are a few of the most photogenic.
Here mantis, mantis…
Middle Stage Milkweed Bugs
Swallowtail Butterfly On Vernonia
Inchworm On Sedum
Immature Stag Beetle
Wasp On Echinops
Wulfila Spider On Rudbeckia
Sparrow Drinking From Silphium Perfoliatum