Not a lot of commentary necessary for this shot I got this afternoon, is there? I wasn't exactly sure what I was going for when I first saw this little praying mantis on the coreopsis, but I knew I needed to get a few examples to figure it out! Upon closer inspection, it became even clearer that I had interrupted this little guy's lunch and it almost looks like he's giving me a dirty look to the effect of Back off buddy this is mine! (Make sure to view the enlarged version to get this degree of detail.)
It's that first nasty blast of July upon us right now ... sunny, hot, dry and perpetually in need of rain, of which there's nary a mention in the forecast until early next week. But I also did manage to get some other good photos today, including some wasps dining at the Sea Holly lunch counter as well. So, others you'll be seeing in the next few days include more gorgeous Calendulas, Liatris and Zebrina Mallow flowers ... I noticed as well that one of the hibiscus out front is just loaded with buds, so those can't be too far off either! Yay.