I was leaning the window washer brush up against the fence when I spotted this NZ Praying Mantis busy building an egg casing.
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I need to remember to watch the egg casing in spring to see the young emerge.
Apparently that purple spot on the inside of her leg is a feature.
After doing some searching I believe it may be a sheet web spider, but I’d love to hear from someone who could verify that or alternatively tell me what it really is.
Those legs extend all the way to the top of the picket, and down to the bottom edge of the photo. The 800*533 photo shows it best.
Yesterday it was a green stick insect that was hanging out near the house. It was quite a cutie: small and wobbly. It was missing its left front leg, but a new one was regenerating.
Meanwhile there are birds all over the flax and cabbage trees (no photos, I’m afraid), and the annoying caterpillars that strip our miniature kowhai have taken refuge on the walls of the house.
It’s autumn, all right.