By an edhat reader
I have only seen a praying mantis in Santa Barbara twice. Have other people seen them? A large female has been camping out in a bush, and she had two gentlemen callers.
The first one to mate with her lost his head. We found a tomato worm on the plant and put it near her, and she consumed it in short order. The second male then mated and seems to have survived. The female is still in the bush, but the males cannot be found.