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Praying Mantis Egg Case

Mantis religiosa ootheca

Description:

parasitic organism found on a tree

Habitat:

residential

Notes:

may be a fungi

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2 Comments

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 8 years ago

I agree with John. This looks like an Oak Gall. Mantis Ootheca are not fuzzy. This reminds me a lot of a Wood Sower gall, Callirhytis seminator:
Here is an image similar to yours:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/515345

Bugguide page for this species:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/180960

Take a look and see what you think.

John La Salle
John La Salle 8 years ago

If that is an oak tree I suspect it might be a Cynipidae gall. Cynipids (gall wasps) can inducer a variety of different gall forms - mainly on oaks.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gall_wasp
If you want to check you can always cut it open. if it is a gall it will be woody under the fuzz, with one to several chambers containing wasp larvae or pupae.

SlayerLovnHippy
Spotted by
SlayerLovnHippy

Poquoson, Virginia, USA

Spotted on May 13, 2013
Submitted on May 13, 2013

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