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Tenodera sinensis sinensis
Looks like Styrofoam attached to a branch. Juveniles had already left the case.
Attached about 4 feet up on a dogwood stem, pondside.
I might argue that based on variability of egg cases and no adults in the area, that given the location, this is Mantis religiosa.
Spotted on May 14, 2015
Submitted on May 15, 2015