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Ootheca of a Praying Mantis

oothecae

Description:

An ootheca is a type of egg mass made by any member of a variety of species (usually insects or mollusks).An ootheca usually contains many eggs surrounded by a foam of protein which may then harden into a tough casing for protection. Notable ootheca-making insects are the mantis and cockroach.

Notes:

The female lays between 10 and 400 eggs, depending on the species. Eggs are typically deposited in a frothy mass that is produced by glands in the abdomen. This froth then hardens, creating a protective capsule with a further protective coat, and the egg mass is called an ootheca. Depending on the species these can be attached to a flat surface, wrapped around a plant or even deposited in the ground. Despite the versatility and durability of the eggs, they are often preyed on, especially by several species of parasitic wasps. In a few species, the mother guards the eggs.


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9 Comments

AnjaliAnantharam
AnjaliAnantharam 7 years ago

Not very sure Emma.. The photo is not very clear.. Normally, once the mantis builds this the casing turns brown in color into a hard case..

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/789...
Anjali in this spotting picture number two shows the picture of something left behind by a praying mantis . It is less than 1 cm long. Is this an ootheca?

AnjaliAnantharam
AnjaliAnantharam 7 years ago

@ Karen : How nice you can now monitor diff stages..Lucky u !, @ Atul, ThePineappleman... Thank you..

ThePinappleMan
ThePinappleMan 7 years ago

wow really cool

Atul
Atul 7 years ago

cool !!!

Atul
Atul 7 years ago

cool !!!

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

I have found a few of these in my Tennessee garden too!

AnjaliAnantharam
AnjaliAnantharam 7 years ago

Thanks, Satyen ...

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Lovely spotting and great info Anjali. Thanks for sharing.

AnjaliAnantharam
Spotted by
AnjaliAnantharam

Karnataka, India

Lat: 13.31, Long: 75.77

Spotted on Dec 26, 2010
Submitted on Nov 26, 2011

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