Welp, the preying mantis has moved on- to where? I do not know.
An Aberts towhee landed on the fence, dropped down onto a nail in the fence, hopped down to the ground right next to the lambs ear and pecked it as he went by.
My heart dropped. In a moment everything changed. I went out there and confirmed that the mantis was nowhere to be found.
I do have an alternate theory. When I was looking for the mantis, I noticed that a sprinkler head nearby had popped off. It is evident that water was spraying the lambs ear. Perhaps it forced the mantis to move. Maybe it is happily meditating on another leaf somewhere nearby.
I thank the little white preying mantis for it’s visit to my corner of the world and the wisdom imparted for my life.
It is a creature with intense presence for it’s tiny size and it will be missed!