My little male wide-arm mantid! I can hardly believe it! Over 3 months ago, I lost him in my front yard. I searched for days, but couldn't find him. Now this afternoon, he was right before my eyes, at the end of a bare branch on the little crepe myrtle tree, just a few paces from where I last saw him in September.
Since that day, the poor little fellow has endured hot, dry weather, smoke-filled Santa Ana winds, chilly nights (some dipping into the upper 30's) and last night we had the biggest rainstorm of the season so far. And then I found him! He's in a jar on my kitchen windowsill right now. I'll post pictures soon.