This is a photo of a Praying Mantis I saw on my fence on Thursday afternoon. I found it to be so beautiful among the tall grass that I immediately took a picture with my phone. It made the Mantis a bit nervous, but it stood still enough for me to shoot the photo. In some cultures, the spotting a Praying Mantis is said to bring good fortune. For instance, the Bushman of the Kalahari saw it as a divine being. The Khoi San people observed its manner and prayerful pose as meditation and reflection; they saw it as a formidable attribute. Although not directly, It may have something to do with its scientific name, Mantodea, which in greek means "prophet." However, I don't believe such things. Besides, my good fortune comes from the One who created the Praying Mantis. Nevertheless, I did feel fortunate to capture one of God's beautiful creatures on camera. Have a great weekend and don't forget to turn your clocks back. I know I won't. Peace ~
Source: Andrews, Ted. Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small (2009): 10, 342-3.