Big Mama Mantis

When I was finishing up separating stuff out of the houses this afternoon, and consolidating more junk to be hauled off in preparation for the demolition next week, I felt something on my shirt, looked down and this big preying mantis had hitched a ride. She is very large and looks like she’s ready to lay an egg case. I finished the task at hand, then she came down to the house with me. I put her on a butterfly bush, and then she hammed it up for the camera. To get a good exposure of her heavily backlit, she reflected the green around her, and came out looking like she has a copper patina in the second photo. The last photo was her doing an insect version of Marilyn Monroe eyes.