Only a few weeks ago, she was so beautiful. Now her eyes have these big spots on them. And it's difficult to hold her, because she grips down with those prickly front grabbers instead of holding herself up on her toes. It's so sad to see big mantids grow old.
I have decided that I'm not going to try to play "matchmaker" for them this year. I'm just holding on to this old girl for a couple more weeks. There's some kids I want to show her to. Then I'll let her go. Hopefully she will find a mate. Hopefully when we have our trees trimmed next month, the eggs will not be on the branches that end up in the chipper.