We took a walk not too long ago and the kids found this guy hanging out in the grass. Emilia brought him home and made a little sanctuary for him.
We found out (from the good old web) that they like to eat other critters...pretty much anything they can catch. I watched a gross video of one eating a mouse. Fortunately, we were fresh out of mice, so the kids found a spider, an ant, and a yellow fuzzy caterpillar.
"Manti" wanted nothing to do with the food the kids provided, so we had to be content watching his sweet alien-like head-moving abilities.
We'd never encountered a praying mantis, so we spent quite awhile just staring. God's creation is incredible!
We had our fun and then the next morning Emilia released him.
I'm pretty sure he paused to pray as he left, thanking God for letting him go! :)