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Mantis Egg Pod



It was more or less 3 cm. Already hatched out.


An ootheca is a type of egg mass made by any member of a variety of species (usually insects or mollusks). The word is a latinized combination of oo-, meaning "egg", from the Greek word ōon (cf. Latin ovum), and theca, meaning a "cover" or "container", from the Greek theke. Ootheke in Greek means ovary. 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.

1 Species ID Suggestions

KarenL 9 years ago
Mantis egg pod
Ootheca Ootheca

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Ana Rosa
Ana Rosa 9 years ago

Thank you Karen! I would never guess that these were made by mantis. Always learning! = )

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Ana Rosa

Algarve, Portugal

Spotted on Feb 2, 2012
Submitted on Feb 13, 2012


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