This young praying mantis was found on the tire of my car this October 2021. It’s always a wonderful occasion whenever I spot one of these just because of how uncommon they can be. Apparently this one had no problem basking in the limelight. Or maybe it wanted to get the hell outta dodge and was hoping to hitcha ride. We will never know.
The praying mantis will always be my favorite insect. I think its because of the obvious and apparent humanoid appearance. That, coupled with the fact that they are never aggressive towards humans. They will never jump at you or anything, unlike bees or spiders.
After this photo was taken, I picked up the mantis and put it under the car so it would be out of the sight of birds. A few hours later, I found it on the exact same location but on the other front tire. I then scooped it up and put it in the shadows of some brush so it was better hidden out of view this time.