Every month has its own insects here, and late summer is time for the praying mantis. I think they are such cool animals: they seem to be aware of you and yet are unafraid. Sometimes when there is one in a plant I am watering they come out to where I can see them, waving their arms as if to say: "hey you idiot, I am getting wet down here".
Dan rescued this mantis from the ceiling of the garage. No idea how it got there but it was happy to be transported to a butterfly bush where it blended in perfectly.