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Chinese Praying Mantis (Egg case)

Tenodera sinensis


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.

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MeganM 4 years ago

Amazing that you captured this!!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 5 years 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 5 years ago

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

dotun55 5 years 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 5 years ago

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

ForestDragon 5 years ago

Carol, please consider adding this stunning series to the Marvelous Mantids of the North East mission!

Wonderful !

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 5 years ago

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

Uday 5 years ago

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


TKBotting 5 years ago

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

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 5 years ago

Awesome! What timing! Congrats Carol.

NuwanChathuranga 5 years ago

very interesting! thanks for sharing !!

CarolSnowMilne 5 years 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 5 years ago

Disturbing! Rated triple x!

Must take shower and seek psychotherapy after watching! ;D

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Amazing capture, Carol. And the video is fabulous!

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

CarolSnowMilne 5 years ago

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

dandoucette 5 years ago


pamsai 5 years ago

wow! amazing Carol...

Aaron_G 5 years ago

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

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 5 years ago

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

penna, USA

Lat: 40.87, Long: -75.61

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


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