Found a mantis in an area I thought was unsafe for her. Brought her home, named her Ophelia, fell in love with her, filmed her eating and drinking aloe juice from my fingertip, caught her in the act of laying her egg sac on my kitchen screen and filmed that, too. Enjoyed three months of friendship. The third day after laying, she refused food and water. So sad to see her go.
Made this shrine and say good morning to her still each day. Looking forward to hundreds of babies come spring. May keep one because she was incredibly intelligent and affectionate, would love to experience that again. Others will go to 'good home' gardens.
Decided that dusting such a delicate creature would be impossible. So I put a plastic cover over the shrine. So far so good.
Thanks for looking! Let me know if y'all wanna see the link to the youtube stuff on her.