Thursday night I went out to spray deer repellent on the oak leaf hydrangea which I do every month. I was spraying it on the second bush when I had the feeling something was there watching me. I examined the plant closely, but didn't see anything. Suddenly a preying mantis popped out on top, looked at me and started stretching and cleaning itself.
As is usually the case with these insects, it was quite calm and didn't mind me hanging around to take a few photos. Amazing creatures.