Summer was a long time coming this year.
But fall is just around the corner.
I went for a walk in the park this morning. The creek area that was so full of life earlier this summer has been partially mowed down. The cottonwood shoots are gone, along with about half of the other plants growing in and along the creek.
There are still frogs, although not as many as before. This was a "big" one at over an inch (from snout to vent.) Most were much smaller.
There were several good sized mantid nymphs hanging out on the remaining creek vegetation. They could easily grab the little frogs. I don't know if they have actually been eating them, and I don't want to know.
My prize for the day was this magnificent milk-chocolate S. limbata female. She barely fit into the little jar I brought along "just in case."
She was stuffed in the little jar for about half an hour, while I walked home from the park. When I let her out, she spent several minutes grooming herself, and then she gave me a little smile.