Early last Spring, while gardening, I found a small PRAYING MANTIS
on my shoe. They are welcome visitors in my garden, so I lifted it into
my flowerbed, where I was planting small annuals. The established CUPHEA ignea, with orange flowers, was nearby.
Fast forward to mid September- -while working in the same area, I discovered this guy on the CUPHEA stem, & wonder if it is the
same visitor, all grown up. I hope so.
I planted the CUPHEA to attract HUMMINGBIRDS, which has been a great success. They visit every day, without fail, flying from flower to flower.
In fact, it is their favorite plant in my yard. It is perennial her in California,
& grows into a woody shrub. In Michigan, where the winters are harsh,
it is an annual & stays quite small. The HUMMINGBIRDS seem to find it wherever it is planted. It is sometimes called "Vermillionaire," which is a name I quite like.
I wonder if the PRAYING MANTIS is also fond of this lovely, flowering