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What is this?

Posted by luvahydrangea Albany NY 5 ( on
Thu, Feb 9, 12 at 16:09

Hi all, I was looking at my garden today and noticed these things on my variegated dogwood. I have no idea what they are. I suspect maybe wasps, but seriously don't know. I realize they are probably not butterflies, but I figured I'd ask here anyway as I'm sure those interested in butterflies probably pay attention to other insects in their gardens. I want to just pluck them off and throw them away if they are wasps, but would not want to remove them if they are a beneficial insect or a butterfly. Thank so much for looking. :)


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RE: What is this?

Looks like a praying mantis egg mass to me. Good find.

RE: What is this?

Yes, thank you you are right. Oh I'm so glad I wasn't hasty to get rid of them. There are two so my garden should have plenty of Praying Mantises this year. Thanks for the response. :)

RE: What is this?

I concur with KC! They are beneficial, but they also prey on butterflies, caterpillars, and eggs! When the nymphs hatch, they first prey on each other, though, so that does keep the numbers in check. One egg capsule can contain up to 400 nymphs, but 100 is more likely. The capsule is called an ootheca. If you found one, there may be others in your garden. I find them frequently on my wooden trellises.


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