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Chinese Praying Mantis (Egg case)

Tenodera sinensis

Description:

Female Green and brown praying mantis, size: 3.50 inches long (9 cm). Fluid is coming out of her swollen grenade-like abdomen to make a protective capsule called an ootheca around her eggs. The capsule is about 1/2-3/4 inch at this time. See video.

Habitat:

Open woodlands into meadow near a large lake. Beltzville State Park, PA

Notes:

Please watch the video. I have never seen anything like it. Very very unusual and amazing on how the mantis makes its protective shell over the eggs.

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21 Comments

MeganM
MeganM 10 months ago

Amazing that you captured this!!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne a year ago

I would say this spot amazed me the most. I never bothered to get interested in insects and spiders until Summer of 2011. I am so thrilled with my new passion/hobby.

dotun55
dotun55 a year ago

I forgot to say that my first mantis was captured spawning. It's among my earliest spottings.

dotun55
dotun55 a year ago

Spot on! But that was really yucky. You have to see the real thing any of the Alien movies, including AVP and Prometheus :)

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne a year ago

Thanks Forest Dragon! This is one of my most stunning spots ever (of course doesn't include Cecropia Moth spots)

ForestDragon
ForestDragon a year ago

Carol, please consider adding this stunning series to the Marvelous Mantids of the North East mission!
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1573...

Wonderful !

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne a year ago

Thanks everyone for all your comments regarding these unique spot! Please take a look at the video if you haven't yet.

Uday
Uday a year ago

amazing!
the eggs won't hatch until they've had a cold winter and then feel spring coming.

reference http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?...

TKBotting
TKBotting a year ago

Wow, your video is just amazing!... Wow!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh a year ago

Awesome! What timing! Congrats Carol.

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga a year ago

very interesting! thanks for sharing !!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne a year ago

In time, lightworkerpeace, you will get over it. HA! Very funny! I wish I didn't have to cut the video short, but I was holding the branch and the mantis was starting to get disturbed by my presence.

lightworkerpeace
lightworkerpeace a year ago

Disturbing! Rated triple x!

Must take shower and seek psychotherapy after watching! ;D

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

Amazing capture, Carol. And the video is fabulous!

Awesome! I've never seen an Ootheca being made. Great spotting, photos and video!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne a year ago

I thought I was watching the "bug version" of ALIEN! LOL

dandoucette
dandoucette a year ago

Wild!

pamsai
pamsai a year ago

wow! amazing Carol...

Aaron_G
Aaron_G a year ago

Holy moly, Carol! Your timing to run across this event was incredible. Thanks for this spotting!

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso a year ago

Amazing! Great photos and video Carol! Thanks for sharing!

Pennsylvania, USA

Lat: 40.87, Long: -75.61

Spotted on Sep 21, 2012
Submitted on Sep 21, 2012

Reference

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