I ought to just take these photos to the biology teachers at school. I know one of them is having his classes make insect collections.
This big insect was found dead, on the back deck:
It was white on the underside, and at least 4 cm long. Is it a cicada? Most of the cicadas I have seen in my life are the shed skins of cicadas, which are an amber-brown color.
Then last week there was this tiny insect in my office:
This one was at most, one centimeter long, counting the wings. It walked slowly up my wall, so I had time to pull out my tripod and take the photo on maximum zoom. Unfortunately, it is still fuzzy—I don’t have one of those non-jiggly remote-shutter thingies I used to have for my old SLR camera, and of course I jiggled the camera while pushing the button. It was unavoidable. Is it a baby praying mantis? It looks a lot like a teeny praying mantis to me.
Is there an entomologist in the house?