September 8, 2012
Two nights ago, upon returning past 11 PM, there was a male California Mantis on the garage wall under the light. We gently captured him and brought him to the front porch, warning him to beware of the very large female Orbweaver that weaves a night web across the front porch. We have had to divert our normal paths through the yard to preserve her anchor lines. This morning we photographed the male California Mantis on the window with relatively clear dorsal and ventral views of a living specimen. The individual we photographed last fall arrived in a similar fashion in October. We saw an immature possible female at the front porch recently and a nymph on the roses over a month ago.