When I spotted this tiny creature I thought I'd come across something new, with its big eyes and open mouth. I had to take a macro of it to get a closer look. It was the cast skin (exuvia) of one of the month-old praying mantis nymphs that have been hanging out on the apple mint. They are growing. Orthodera novaezealandiae.

A hot day, with sunshine and a warm nor'wester. My gardening is done early and late.

+Nelson Mandela, man of peace and a great leader+

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