Lunchtime Photo

How about some insect blogging today? My sister is unhappy with this choice, but we had some very handsome praying mantises in the garden a few days ago and I’ve got the pictures to prove it. They’re pretty fascinating critters close up, and they have the good grace to sit still for the camera instead of flitting all over the place. That makes them OK in my book.

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