I thought all my mantids had been eaten by robins this year but I was out and found one lone survivor (that i know of) he's about 2" long:
he decided it was night time so he crawled under the leaf and was getting ready for bed(I love how they hang upside down like bats when they sleep) I like to think he's saying goodnight in this shot
Here's some Datura seed pods (illustrating why they call them Thorn Apples:
I only leave one to ripen at a time so I can get maximum blooming (plus each pod has some 200-500 seeds so I don't need more than that for next year)
Tonights open Datura is D. inoxa:
I'll have 5 Datura inoxa blooms open tomorrow night on one plant! And soon the first bloom on the largest species D. wrightii (the first bud is forming).