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Chinese Mantis

ootheca Tenodera sinensis

Description:

Anyone know what this is? It's flat on the bottom and does not have cones like a hive would. It s in my azelia bush.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Chinese Mantis ootheca
Tenodera sinensis Species Tenodera sinensis - Chinese Mantis - BugGuide.Net


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8 Comments

JKbugGirl
JKbugGirl 7 years ago

wow thats so awesome- I did see a few very small green ones around the garden but I didnt realize that they were hatched from that.

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

Here on Long Island (pretty close to you), the Chinese Mantis oothecas in my yard hatched in the middle/end of May. It's possible that one or two may have hatched a bit earlier or later.

They look like this when they hatch: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/404...

The nymphs (babies) look like this for a little while after they hatch: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/422...

After that, they grow and molt, you may find the shed skin in the garden: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/206...

The nymphs will change color. Some will be green, some brown: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/168...
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/381...

Eventually, they will develop wings as adults and can look like this: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/140...
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/216...
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/215...

The adults can fly, the males tend to fly more than the females. I don't think the females fly much once they are ready to lay their eggs (too heavy).

Don't forget to update your spotting with the ID! :-)
Hope this helps.

JKbugGirl
JKbugGirl 7 years ago

no problem .. how do i know when they hatch? What will it look like afterward and what will the the mantic look like??

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

I am certain that it is a Chinese Mantis ootheca! Thanks for adding the pictures.

JKbugGirl
JKbugGirl 7 years ago

i took a few more pics .

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

Oops, I forgot to add the link for the mission. All you have to do is join the mission, then edit your spotting. There is a dropdown list of missions that you have joined on the right hand side. Just click on it so the check mark shows up. http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1573...

JKbugGirl
JKbugGirl 7 years ago

How does my submission get posted to the Marvelous Mantids of the World mission?

I will try to take a few better pictures when i get home - if I remember correctly, there were two.

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

Do you have any other views? I think this is most likely a mantis ootheca (egg case). Very likely from a Chinese Mantis (Tenodera sinensis). Here are some pictures of similar ones: http://bugguide.net/node/view/267403
http://bugguide.net/node/view/32141
http://bugguide.net/node/view/902693/bgi...

The shape will help determine the species so if you can get any pictures with different angles that would be very helpful.

If you agree, this can be added to the Marvelous Mantids of the World mission.

JKbugGirl
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JKbugGirl

New Jersey, USA

Spotted on Jul 3, 2014
Submitted on Jul 3, 2014

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