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This female praying mantis had just finished laying her egg case (ootheca) when I spotted her on a creosote bush. The egg case was still foamy and moist-looking. I had just missed it! But I was happy to find her with her egg sack. Usually I find these egg cases already dried and empty so this was a neat find.
Franklin Mountains, Chihuahuan desert.
Spotted on Sep 17, 2015
Submitted on Sep 18, 2015