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.
Open woodlands into meadow near a large lake. Beltzville State Park, PA
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.
Lat: 40.87, Long: -75.61
Spotted on Sep 21, 2012
Submitted on Sep 21, 2012
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