Another What is it? Thread

NaturesFolly(West MI 5)July 27, 2012

This is on the screen of our pole barn, it is about 1 1/4 inches long 1 in. wide and 1 in deep. I am assuming it is a coccoon of some moth.. do you know?

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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

It may be an egg case from a praying mantis. It's really cool to watch them all come crawling out but I think it won't happen until spring. Maybe someone else will know.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2012 at 7:18PM
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NaturesFolly(West MI 5)

I did see a HUGE Praying mantis in that area the other day... Thanks Christie! Have you seen one like it?

    Bookmark   July 27, 2012 at 7:28PM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

I think it's the big Asian Praying Mantis that has an egg case like that. They grow to be several inches long. I have found egg cases on the branches of my shrubs before. A LOT of babies will hatch out of that thing. I was worried that I'd have them all over my yard but I rarely see them. Maybe they all eat each other.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 7:28AM
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NaturesFolly(West MI 5)

I believe you are right.. Mantis case it is.. very cool, I have seen 2 mantis this year.. now one egg case... Thanks so much!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 10:23AM
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