A Visit from a Praying Mantis

So today I was sitting outside enjoying the beautiful weather and this little guy decided to visit. 

Aka Mantis Relgiosa. They have very long front legs that they hold in a position that reminds people of praying. Praying mantids are carnivores, eating mainly insects and other small animals. Many gardeners and farmers welcome mantids, because the insects they eat are often pests that hurt crops. 

The mantids also eat spiders, frogs, lizards, and even small birds.

 They can turn their heads 180 degrees—an entire half circle. They’re well-camouflaged, adapting colors that help them blend with plants. 

Photos by: Cindie Harper



Hemerocallis fulva, the orange day-lily, tawny daylily, tiger daylily, fulvous daylily or ditch lily (also railroad daylily, roadside daylily, outhouse lily, and wash-house lily), is a species of daylily native to Asia. 

It is not a true lily in the genus Lilium, but gets its name from the similarity of the flowers and from the fact that each flower lasts only one day. 

The Praying Mantis aka Mantis religiosa. They are Invertebrates and Carnivores. Their average life span is about 1 year. 

I was walking around my family’s property and spotted this baby Praying Mantis on a Peony. 

There were about 9 in this small area.

I went back about 2 weeks later and could only find two. 

They grew a lot. They are fascinating creatures who are great for gardens. 

Photos by: Cindie Harper

Summer Dreams

Summer is in the air … I can feel it …. and I love this Yankee Candle scent…

Actually I love anything that reminds me of summer and the endless summer days and nights of my carefree childhood. I have no idea why I was in such a hurry to grow up. Adulting is totally overrated. 

Anyways … tonight’s walk was filled with making wishes 

And finding 4 leaf clovers …. 

The luck o’ the Irish! 🍀 I can’t really ask for more than wishes and good luck. 

A great ending to a day filled with good vibes….well most of the day anyways…. I hope the same for all of you!