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Preying or praying?

I tend to find a lot of interesting stuff in my backyard. I’ve seen tons of manatees. They tend to like coming to the inner waterways during the winter, I think the water is warmer further inland. I’ve seen a few alligators, lots of squirrels, and a bobcat too. Then there’s this guy.

Preying Mantis


He was on my porch, so I brought him back outside and took some pictures. There are a billion different species of mantis, so I have no idea which one this is. They’re called “praying mantises” colloquially, but “praying” tends to get misspelled as “preying” since they’re predatory. I thought that was funny.

Kayak adventure morning


My face was literally two inches from a hive of sleeping wasps on a branch in the middle of the river. Also, the current was super strong because of all the rain we’ve been getting.