Beans before a storm, mantis

For some reason I cannot fathom, my beans have gone nuts after limping along for weeks. They are taking over the entire bed and swamping the sweet potatoes. I’m only getting a dozen beans a week and they’re covered in ants but I don’t care, I’m just happy something is thriving.

Beans before the storm

The kids caught a Florida Grizzled Mantis today and put it in a little container so I could see it when I got home.  It was so extremely adorable. Mantises might be my favorite insects.

Florida Grizzled Mantis. It looks exactly like lichen-covered oak bark and is quite effectively invisible in the wild.

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