Quite often while we are out doing yard work, my husband will stop what he is doing and bring me a bug. I almost always have my camera with me and I stop for a little photo session. Yesterday it was this praying mantis, that I believe is a young Chinese mantis (Tenodera sinensis).
It is never easy to hold the insect with one hand and maneuver the camera to take pictures with the other. I pulled out my phone to use as a little posing platform, and then the mantis became fascinated with my chickens. (The chickens remained unimpressed by the danger of imminent demise at the raspy forelegs of the insect monster.)