Another fascinating bit of insect lore, gleaned from the pages of “Insect Friends and Foes” by William Atherton DuPuy (1925).
The mantis knows the way!
“Its very name, mantis, means diviner, or fortune-teller. The English call it a soothsayer and old-fashioned people over there believe that its long finger will point the way home to a lost child. In France young women go to the crossroads and ask the mantis from which way their lovers will come.”
Now which direction is the mantis pointing me toward, a simple gardener trying to find Spring?
Forward, I suppose, one day at a time.