I'm 22 and up until recently, I had only physically seen one praying mantis in my presence my whole life. Then about a week ago (9/21) a huge mantis was just chillin on the side of my garage. (9/21) The mantis is such an amazing animal. It is a superb example of evolution and a down right hardcore creature. They're kung-fu style is undescribable to watch. So I see this praying mantis, take some pics and check it out for a while....then thats it. Not much else to do. In my state (CT) they're proteced (probably most states)... I dont know the exact laws but I'm pretty sure screwing with them carries a fine.... and killing one must hvae a bigger fine. Even though there wasn't an official from any wildlife commitee there, I decided to leave it alone. So I go about my business for the next several days, until I went outside to water my flowers last night. Sure enough, there was this 5" beast looking right at me. Thats one of the coolest things about praying mantis'..... they're very big and have a neck that rotates their head so you can tell, without question, when its looking at you. Directly at you. When I was like 11 a bright green mantis landed on my shirt. Thats was my only experience with one until this week. Then I see the same one twice in a week. Theres no way of telling for sure it was the same one, but I ave good reason to belive it was. Also, one thing that gets me excited is that it looks pregnant. When I saw it on 9/21 compared to last night (9/28) it got A LOT fatter. Does anyone know anything about them? Like how to tell sex, if its pregnant, what it eats...etc??? You can see from the pics who much fatter it got. I think this one is female... if my memory serves me correctly, which it often doesn't, males are bright green and females are brown with green on their sides or under their wings. I know they're are protected so I think it would be awesome if it was able to continue its species legacy in my yard. I'm guessing since it was in my front yard one day, and my back yard 7 days later that it is living somewhere quite close to my house. Feedback?????