While S was digging in the dirt she spotted a 5cm-long albino mantis. They change colour to camouflage themselves and this one was among white geraniums. As we carefully approached, untangling olive branches from our hair, the mantis extended its forelegs in readiness to, presumably, strike. Here’s some excellent information about them on Wikipedia.
Apparently, the common spelling with an ‘a’ – praying mantis – refers to only a single species, (mantis religiosa) which this one may quite well be.
Note how it merges with its surroundings brilliantly – a close leaf relative nearby?
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