Yesterday I was outside watering some plants. The hubster was helping me fill air on my car tires and he saw a huge Praying Mantis by the front tire. I did not want to harm it when I backed into the garage so I got a piece of wood and got her to climb onto it and then set it down in the yard and ran to get my camera. She had stayed there and was very content to pose for me. She even let me touch her front feet, yes I am weird like that. :-) It is a female one and she had to be a good 6 inches long. They are such cool creatures with alien looking faces.