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Gosh, that's a bit of excitement MrsB. How unusual. I would have been tempted to take a photo, just to get it identified. Makes a change from the ususal Autumn visitors i.e. daddy long legs Would have loved being a fly on the wall, watching all of you, ducking and diving.
You are right, that would have been an excellent idea.....now why didn't I think of that! Tonight's installment was also quite interesting, if less exciting. We watched a praying mantis lay her eggs, on the back of an outdoor chair, making the cocoon as she went. It took maybe 30-40 mins all in, and when she had finished she levered herself upright, walked along the edge of the table, jumped off and flew to the ground, scuttled along, stopped, looked just like an olive leaf on the ground, and then jumped onto an olive tree and got lost in the foliage. A few days ago I found the shed skin of a different mantis, in the same general area, so possibly we have a whatever the collective noun of mantis' is!
A confession of mantises? A prayer book?
Chickens are a girl's best friend (though diamonds would be nice too!)