Yeah, yeah, they aren’t really “bugs”. So sue me.
A mantis prowls the basil. Mantises are some of my favorites.
While I was out with camera in hand, I ambled over to the butterfly bush to check for the hummingbird moths, and found a few. The bush was in shade this time of the day, and with the shutter speed set at 1/2000 to stop the wings the pictures came out very dark even with the auto ISO run to 1600 or so. I brightened the shots while processing but that brought out the grain. Ah, good enough for a blog!