"The Power of Prayer"
16x20" acrylic on canvas
(C) Cara Bevan 2007
Praying mantises hold a special place in my heart. They are docile, gentle, and ever helpful to the
environment…and they are good at surprises. Thus “The Power of Prayer” was created. I enjoy
collecting strange bugs and nests that I find, usually the bugs are already dead and the nests are
empty. However, one year, a day before my birthday, I got an unexpected treat. A praying mantis
nest I collected hatched in my bedroom. Hundreds of tiny, semi transparent, newborn praying
mantises shuffled around my room. I was in school at the time and it was already late that night. My
mom and I had to find every single one, even though they were hard to see on the hardwood floor,
and gently toss them out of a window onto the bushes below. The hatchlings were so light that they
literally floated to the ground! One particular mantis sat in my hand as I waited for it to jump out of
the window. It did, right onto a passing dandelion seed! I couldn't believe my eyes. It took about an
hour to safely transport the mantises out of my room. Ever since then I have paid more attention to
these interesting insects. Their hatching was a birthday gift I am never going to forget.
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