i couldn't resist posting another picture of my praying mantis. i finally did my homework and found out that color variation depends greatly on the dominant color found in their habitat and that they do not change color according to their surroundings. i hate to think this means my garden is mostly brown?? just kidding. it has been fun watching them although i haven't seen one catch anything yet and i'm not sure i want to see it chomping down another insect. ugh.