They pray. They prey.
But pray/prey tell: why is it that gardeners have been seeing more of these elegant insects this year? Whatever the reason, they're a welcome sight -- not only for their alien-esque arabesques, but also because they feast on pests like something out of a horror film.
Hear more about mantids on this week's edition of Growing on the High Plains.
And it's a good one! (Don't forget your popcorn.)