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Mantis

We saw this bug on the sidewalk on the way back from lunch today:


Mantis

Stagmomantis californica, I guess, according to Google. I did a double-take, because it was right next to some identically-colored dried leaves. Stepped over it, then turned and looked down to verify that it was a mantis. Man, wish the hiptop had a better camera. Pout. Its optics are crap, though.
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On the Head Rush Scale of Bug Fear, that falls somewhere between "eep" and "kinda cute". :-)
It is a Good Bug to have in your garden, though. It will eat all kinds of other Uckier Bugs. Even if it is huge and creepily like a dead leaf.

Watching its head turn was weird. Bugs are just so freakin' alien.
Those things are SO cool! We have had a couple in our yard over the years. Freaky, but much better than spiders.