Praying Mantis - Mantis religiosa
Originally uploaded by Jason Means
After several days in captivity, this praying mantis celebrated its long overdue release back into the wild with a quick departure through our garden.
After three steering committees, two meetings with PETA and a special session of the West Virginia State Legislature, my daughter Dhania finally conceeded that returning our guest back to the wild was the best decision.
Our predatory guest made his way off into the sunset this afternoon to continue playing his part in the insect kingdom. A tip of my hat goes to this alpha predator. He provided the whole family with a great learning experience and me the opportunity for some fantastic photographs.