Not your usual egg layer
She was wandering around looking for a safe, shady spot to lay her eggs. She was huge.
I like praying mantis a lot. I reckon they look like aliens. They're pretty good for the garden as well, munching away on lots of wee beasties you don't want ( and some you do, unfortunately) We have absolutely loads of them here. I remember seeing one in Spain when I was about 11 thinking it was amazing and how rare they must be - not a thing you often spied in the back garden in the north of Scotland!