Oh wow, these are really great chanda, the Mantis is exceptional.
Thanks! It didn't like pencils. I was able to tick it off with the tip of a pencil. It startled me the first time it puffed up so I did it again to get a picture. I actually got several really good ones. I haven't tried the pencil trick again..don't know if it was unique to just that mantis or if they all do it.