You’ll have to forgive me for this – I do write for children after all…

out in the garden
among the summer leaves
I found a little alien
with spikes all down her sleeves

she swiveled her antennae
her eyes were big and wide
and when she saw me watching
she just flew away to hide

visitor from space

I think I’ve got cabin fever from all the rain…
This photo was taken back in May, before the winter really set in – this little Mantid was obviously looking for a place to deposit her egg case.