This is a tomato plant. You can call it misfocus of the cheap digital camera I grabbed quickly, or well-staged dramatic suspense, because, as you will have noticed, there is something in the background.
A few minutes earlier my daughter had spotted an egg case out of which cute little monsters were emerging.
Praying mantises are fascinating. It seems so easy to say: Oh, that’s not one of our species. But then, why do we project aggressiveness into everything they do – hunting posture, sex life, the way they look?
One thing clearly distinguishes them from us: They are ready for life seconds after birth.
Whatever you think, that tomato plant was free of all other insects a few minutes later.