Meet Patience, the Praying Mantis.
If you've seen her hunt a fly, you'll know why we named her that.
She cocks her head around to look at you. What a curious little creature. We're enjoying her company immensely. I mean, really - what other house guest eats house flies and moths?
Our oatmeal jar got a quick repurpose as a makeshift terrarium, and now Patience feels at home enough to lay an egg sack, which we will happily release in our garden this spring. We feel fortunate to get to know the creatures who will be our garden sentinels.