Found this picture the other day. Not only does it highlight the Pottery Barn light we put on the front patio, but if you look at the upper right, you can clearly see one of our little friends. There were 2 preying mantises (mantisi? mantisises?…) that we watched all summer as they took nightly turns perching on the light fixture catching and eating moths. One praying mantis is lucky, so 2 must be double the luck.
As much as I hate the moths and silver fish that devour my cashmere sweaters , I know that if we exterminated the outside of the house we’d lose the mantises, geckos, and little stripped garden snakes.