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    • They are cool and brilliant as insect control in your garden or home if you find one move it to a shrub in the garden.

      They are harmless.

    • I have always thought of praying mantises as apex predators in their world. Unlike butterflies and many insects, they do not seem to fear humans, nor run from them, despite our amazing size difference from mantises. They will just look at me as I photograph them, with what seems to me, a fearless attitude.

      I haven't seen as many the last few years, as I did years ago. I'm not certain if they have really declined or not locally. The local health department seemed to spray for mosquitos more often this last summer.