Sunday, December 22, 2013

Mantis Egg Sac

Lily noticed this in a cedar tree the last time we went for a walk.   I was lucky to have the camera with me because I am always on the lookout for these.

It's the egg sac of a praying mantis

They look like styrofoam and you can find them on trees, weeds, twigs, brush, etc.  

We have a few different kinds of mantids out here, but I think this sac is from the praying mantis - Mantis religiosa.

In the spring, they'll hatch out by the hundreds [I hope] and eat plenty of other bugs.

Someday I want to see the hatching....maybe next year?

1 comment:

  1. Good spot! We had one on our pidgeon pea earlier in the year - unfortunately it either got stung by wasps or invaded by ants :( Would love to see photos if you spot a hatching.


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