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Friday January 11, 2013

Westfield, NC (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: That's how many baby praying mantises will most likely hatch out of this egg case left on the twigs of my Japanese maple in spring. Each is sand-colored and the size of a large ant; the adults will be about three inches long.

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3. ChrisAnthemum
8:38 AM GMT on January 12, 2013
Oh yes, Bernard; birds often pry them open and eat the contents. This egg case will be left in place, because it's on a prized shrub of mine. But when we find them on dried or living weed stalks, we cut those and bring them up to the house, where we keep them in a protected situation until time for hatching. In the picture I copied to my comment, the yellow surface the baby mantises are walking on is actually one end of a twist tie, which I used to fasten a short stalk containing the egg case to a longer stick for the sake of convenience. Thanks for your comment!
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2. Hotzenwaelder
7:34 AM GMT on January 12, 2013
Amazing picture and an informative explanation. Do these cocoons have any natural enemies?
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1. ChrisAnthemum
7:47 PM GMT on January 11, 2013
Here is what the ones we had last year looked like when they hatched in April. One of these little ones could very well be the one who laid today's egg case.

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Wife, mother, grandmother, gardener, naturalist, writer, artist, crafter, homeschooler, owner and occasional breeder of registered Shetland Sheepdogs, and a child of the King. Rank amateur at most of these. Live in Westfield, NC, near the western mountains.Some of my photos are now available for sale from Fine Art America. Please check the website: tml only join the html -- for some reason this site won't let me do it. Clicking on my website below leads to FAA's main page, but you can access my gallery there by putting my name Kathryn Meyer in the search box.

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