I scatter dozens of mantis babies every year in my garden, and one of my joys is when they stay put and I get to watch them grow up over the summer.
This one has chosen a great place to squat as it's both seemingly well protected and also easy for me to view every day. I'm not quite sure how it's finding food, but it must be.
The Carolina mantis will turn green, brown, or a combination of the two based upon its surroundings.
This one has chosen a nice mottled brown color with striking green legs:
Nice! How about a closer look?
I'm not the only one doing the looking:
There are surely at least a dozen more mantises hidden away in the wilds of my garden (possibly several dozens) but this is the only one that I've seen recently.
I don't think I've ever had a mantis choose such a photogenic location before!