Summer Figs and a Praying Mantis

The very warm days recently have made the figs in my yard ripen faster than normal.  I can’t eat them fast enough and they are dropping from the tree like mushy grenades.

I never knew I liked figs until I moved here and started eating them fresh off the tree, I just knew I hated Fig Newtons.  If you think you hate figs because you hate Fig Newtons, believe me, they are not even close to being the same.

When I was in my yard, trying to salvage some of the very ripe figs, I found this little guy hanging out in my rosemary bush.

Do you see the praying mantis in the center of the picture?  I didnt at first, and I almost accidentally grabbed him instead of a stalk of rosemary.  Here is another angle of my little visitor:

Even his legs are the same color as the brown stalks!  Does anybody know what these guys eat?  I hope they eat wasps, because they are all over the place lately!

Update: Found this awesome video of one thing these pretty little things eat.  Warning: if you don’t like profanity and cannibalism, maybe skip this video…

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5 Responses to Summer Figs and a Praying Mantis

  1. Karen Hampton says:

    Yes I see him!! I totally agree with what you say about fresh figs, Erica; I just had a fresh fig this week and was pleasantly surprised!

  2. Karen Hampton says:

    I don’t have a clue what that means – “Your comment is awaiting moderation” Ah well, if I knew what moderation it needed, I might just moderate it. In the meantime, just want to say how much I enjoyed your photos! 🙂

    • Erica says:

      Hi Karen! That just means since it was the first time you commented I had to verify that you were not some spam or virus program. Now that you have commented once you shouldn’t see that message anymore! Thanks for reading my blog and looking at my pictures!

  3. Robert Kurashige says:

    My wife saw a mantis slice open a ripe fig with the sharp arms and eat the fruit inside!

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