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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Mantis Egg Case

While Kai, Rowan and I were cleaning up the back yard in preparation for the spring we found two preying mantis egg cases attached to a watering hose (the kind that seeps water along its length). I propped the hose off the ground in the hopes they were still viable and hadn't been eaten by earwigs. A few weeks and we should see.

It would be great if so, I keep hearing that it's too cold for the large mantids to reproduce here. We have a very small version that does just fine, but they aren't as dramatic as those emerald green giants.

I think the egg cases look a lot as if they're covered with reptile scales. Posted by Picasa


dave said...

can't say i've ever seen one of these... wild!

Oricon Ailin said...

This is new to me! I've never seen one either!

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