This Praying Mantis has taken up residence in my mint plant. It hides in the shady mint while snacking on the aphids and other bad insects. Praying mantis are beneficial insects that eat everything including each other if need be. They live for about a year and lay eggs in the winter. I spotted a number of tiny praying mantises in the spring and I still spot a few here and there. But this one if by far the largest and my favorite.
UPDATE Katie, from Gardenpunks suggested we have a little contest for naming the Praying Mantis. Please forward any and all suggestions and we can have vote at a later time.