A few weeks ago, on a damp morning after a rainy night at the end of July, this garden snail showed up on my garage vinyl siding. I thought it was completely cute and its shell beautiful. I know they are supposed to be garden pests, but one would never know by the looks of my garden.
This afternoon, as I was on my front lawn watching contractors give me new front doors and new shutters, I happened to glance over to the garage where new shutters would be placed. I saw this (I think male?) praying mantis perched on my garage window frame. Even though I rarely see praying mantis, I do think I have seen another in my backyard once before. Still, this was a surprise. As the guys began to put up the new shutters, it moved along the top of the window frame before flying off into the Norway maple.
Look at those pinchers! I did half wonder if its presence in my yard had anything to do with my hummingbird feeders as in this 1:06 minute long YouTube video. My feeders are not nearly so active as the feeder in the video, but I did get a chance for a few photos one recent evening when dueling birds were battling for feeder dominance.