When you least expect it…

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I found this beautiful lady in front of the CBC last night;

Praying Mantis Toronto

Ok. I’ve been looking for a praying mantis for a long time. I mean, a really long time. Years even.

Last night I finally found one – in front of the CBC. Not on the Leslie Street Spit, in the Don Valley or up in cottage country, but on Front St. She climbed onto my hand with what I swear was a sense of relief. I did the only thing that made sense, I called Tito and we took her home.

Praying Mantis Toronto

This is she – hanging out on my kitchen counter. I say ‘she’ because of a vibe I got, but really I’ve no clue. To my questing photographer’s heart this is the¬†entomological equivalent of having northern lights appear over Lake Ontario.

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She was more relaxed in the apartment and spent time time preening herself. She is stunning, delicate, beautifully built and… cute. Really cute.

praying Mantis Toronto

After getting a few shots we took her down to the Toronto Music Garden and released her there.

praying Mantis Toronto

That was an unexpected gift. I’ve looked all over southern Ontario for a praying mantis and found one quite literally in my back yard. This morning another friend found one downtown as well, so there may be more – if you live downtown keep an eye out ;)