The weather is cooling and the insects are disappearing fast. They may be more difficult to find now but it doesn’t mean that they are less interesting.
I find these tiny mantises very entertaining.
Actually they are nymphs of Praying Mantis and may have just hatched as I later saw this egg containing capsule (or Ootheca which can contain up to 400 eggs) nearby.
This small one is a nymph of another species
Since the mantises do not have any chemical protection on their body, they have to use camouflage to avoid being preyed on. These young Jeweled Flower Mantises blend in so well with the plant leaves that I almost missed them on several occasions.
The adult is prettier but is not easy to spot either.
Grasshoppers, however, are plentiful at the moment,
much to this Golden Orb-Web Spider’s delight.