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Post  newstart on 2/1/2012, 11:29 am

I was outside getting some earthworms for our pet turtle and lookwhat I found on the ground Sad I picked it up and put into a nice dry place. I think its a praying mantis egg sack. what do you think? let me know if you think its still viable or where I should keep it. Last year we had tons of babies in the same area. so maybe. My avatar is one of those babies



that is a nickel next to it

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Post  januaryX on 2/1/2012, 11:33 am

Sorry, not a clue.

Is it just me that can't see the nickel?

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Post  newstart on 2/1/2012, 11:35 am

i can not see the nickel, it was really shiny and then my camera battery died. That why I put the note that its a nickel

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Post  januaryX on 2/1/2012, 11:39 am

I right clicked and selected 'view image'. There really is a nickel to the right.

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Post  camprn on 2/1/2012, 11:51 am

it looks flat. Is it flat? The ones I see on the internet are not flat. perhaps this one you have has hatched out already?
http://www.insectlore.com/media/mantiscase.jpg

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Post  newstart on 2/1/2012, 12:26 pm

It is more flatish and long but is about 3 cm thick I would say. It does have a few holes on top so maybe they have hatced or maybe some type of spider?

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Post  Luci Dawson on 2/1/2012, 12:33 pm

@newstart wrote:It is more flatish and long but is about 3 cm thick I would say. It does have a few holes on top so maybe they have hatced or maybe some type of spider?
That looks just like the praying mantis sacs that I find in several places on my house wall every year. Have never found one on the ground, but do see the babies and adults frequently.

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Post  newstart on 2/1/2012, 12:39 pm

@Luci Dawson wrote:
That looks just like the praying mantis sacs that I find in several places on my house wall every year. Have never found one on the ground, but do see the babies and adults frequently.



Well that is great news. I put the sack in a spot thats nice and dry out of the rain hopefully I will have some more babies this year

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Post  HillbillyBob on 2/1/2012, 1:31 pm

put it a quart jar and cover the top with cheese choth, them little critters will be all over the place,hundreds come from that one little sack Rolling Eyes Shocked Shocked

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Post  Kelejan on 2/1/2012, 2:25 pm

What do praying mantis's do, please? I mean, apart from praying.

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Post  newstart on 2/1/2012, 2:38 pm

Praying mantis are great for eating all kinds of garden bugs. Its a great and natural way to keep bad bugs out of your garden

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Post  Furbalsmom on 2/1/2012, 2:39 pm

Praying Mantises are great at pest control, unfortunately, they do not discriminate between beneficial and pest type insects.

This link has some great information on praying mantises (sp?)

PRAYING MANTIS

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Post  newstart on 2/1/2012, 2:54 pm

great article Furbalsmom

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Post  Red-Leg on 2/1/2012, 4:47 pm

May 31, 2010 - My wife and I are sitting on the front porch enjoying a glorious late spring afternoon when I look over and see this.


There were literally dozens of these little bitty guys who had just hatched. It was really neat.

That looks like the bottom of what the egg sack that hatched all those little guys above would have looked like had we scraped it off the porch. Ours was attached to the mortar right under that cap where the babies are hanging out.

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Post  AranMC on 2/1/2012, 6:50 pm

Turn the picture upside down and they look so cute....

I don't think we have them up here, it gets too cold in winter.. minus 40 C sometimes...

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Post  newstart on 2/1/2012, 6:56 pm

They just look soo cute. Well they will be in your garden in no time

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Post  camprn on 2/1/2012, 7:02 pm

Thank you so much for starting this thread!!! I have never seen one of those but for sure I will be on the look out for them now! Praying Mantis is not very common here, but I have seen a few adults in the past several years. What a Face

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Post  nancy on 2/1/2012, 7:09 pm

I found an egg sack at the community garden last spring. I was so excited to see them! Alas, they didn't survive the very wet March & April we had in Cincinnati. Maybe this year... I will have to go back down there & look around.

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Post  RoOsTeR on 2/1/2012, 7:16 pm

This is a really cool thread!
Loved the article furbalsmom. And red-leg, that is a great pic of all the little ones

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Post  newstart on 2/1/2012, 7:37 pm

Camprn if you have seen some adults one of these days you will find an egg sack. Now you know what to look out for

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Post  Kelejan on 2/2/2012, 3:01 am

Redleg, will you kindly repost your picture but rotate it 180 degrees for me.

It's kind of hard standing on my head. bounce

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Post  happycamper on 2/2/2012, 3:45 am

Cute little things!

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Post  Kelejan on 2/2/2012, 9:07 am

Thank you, happycamper for doing this. Lot easier than the way I was doing it. Very Happy

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Post  Red-Leg on 2/2/2012, 9:31 am

Some additional photos of the "Great Hatch of 2010". Very Happy








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Post  newstart on 2/2/2012, 11:20 am

great pictures thank you

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