"If you're in it for love, you ain't gonna get too far, Oh-oh, here she
comes. Watch out boy she'll chew you up. Oh-oh, here she comes. She's a
mantid-eater," sang Hall & Oakes in 1982.
Well, not quite, I inserted the word "mantid," but you get the idea.
Praying mantises! This is their mating season and the large predator
insects are looking for mates. If you have any single, unattached male
mantids in your yard call me, perhaps I can play matchmaker. This one watching over me has been hanging around the Plaza Pond in front of the Ijams Visitor Center.
in mind that the female often eats the male after they have coupled, so
it may be a death sentence for him. (Studies have shown that she is less
likely to consume her mate if she has recently eaten, so perhaps he
needs to take her out to dinner before any amorous overtures are made.)