This little fellow showed up on our outside window screen in mid-September. It's only the second praying mantis we've seen at our house in almost ten years here, the last one being more than nine years ago. But they are such fascinating critters! I circled her with the camera, taking shots from every angle I could think of, as she watched me like a... well, like a praying mantis. But she didn't fly away, and when I had every shot I could think of, I gave her her peace. When I returned ten minutes later, she was gone.
I't's hard to see scale in this photo, so, for the record, she was about 2 1/2 inches long.