After finding all those praying mantids yesterday, I found this guy in my yard. I just love the mottled brown coloring.
I think I'm going to release most of the ones I brought home from the fair, except for one good-sized female. I like to have a couple females to keep for "show and tell" purposes because they are big and they won't fly away. The mantid in this photo is a male, though, so I'll leave him where I found him. The males can fly, so he will be free to find a mate for himself when the time comes.