Did you every chase pollywogs, as a kid? I chased those creatures in water filled dirt road ditches just north of the house. When my little sister and brother, and I came back to the house mom usually had a garden hose hooked up. We were hosed off before being allowed to change our clothes and go on with what was left of the day.
I remember chasing after beetles and dragonflies, but there was one creature that required on a sharp eye. It is slow and rhythmic in its motion, when it moves at all. This insect remains perfectly still, I suppose for hours at a time, waiting for that next meal.
There is a Preying Mantis in the photo of weeds and woven wire fence. I had sent it to my daughter, who wasn’t raised out here, and her text back was, “What?”. Only after telling her about a green insect and suggesting that she enlarge her copy of this photo was she able to spot the creature.