Praying Mantis

by Anchor-Of-My-Eye

Look what I found on my little rose bush this morning!  I didn't even notice him until I accidentally brushed him with the tip of the watering can and he started moving.

Andrew moved him out to the back balcony, where there are more plants and more shade.  We left him on another rose bush and he seemed happy.  Organic farmers often use mantises to deal with pests, as they'll pretty much eat any insect they can catch.  I'm hoping he'll be a good deterrent to aphids.