He's back and he's bigger than I thought.
I was sitting on my bed marking the descriptions my group had written on Tuesday when I glanced at the window and saw what I thought was a carrier bag blowing past it the wind. It disappeared as I heard an impact on the window pane. I looked more closely and saw what appeared to be a huge, khaki brown praying mantis with a clearly defined face with jaws and eyes. It is about 8 inches long and has roughly the diameter of a cigarette. It is easy to observe because it is standing half on the window frame and half on the pane of glass. More than slightly off-putting is the fact that he appears to be observing me while I'm observing him. As I said, I thought it was a carrier bag so that shows the size and span of the wings which I cannot really see when it is at rest and I really don't want to see it moving anywhere near me.
The question is what to do about it. If I could be certain of success I would try to drive it out of the window with a bath towell. This boy is far too big for a tea towell. He looks as if he could bite on a tea-towell and rip it out of my hands. That may be a slight exaggeration but I do not want to start a fight with something that size which can fly. I think the sensible thing to do is to go out and hope the cleaner deals with the situation. She perhaps knows what it is and how dangerous it is. The jaw, as I said, is very clear and obvious and it reminds me of the film Alien. Remember when it first flies out of the guys chest?
And while I have been writing this it has disappeared, hopefully out of the window rather than into the room. As I was writing Alien I heard a 'clack' sound which I now assume was it taking off. Time to shut the window!