I did a post several weeks back on a praying mantis I discovered at The Cottage. I’m excited to report that Penelope (yes, it was a female and we named her) laid her eggs!
I was not familiar with the species – I thought it was a grasshopper (thanks, Felicity!) – so I did a bit of research and learned the females lays their ootheca or egg sac in the winter before they die. At first, I didn’t think she got to but then discovered this strange looking sac glued to a pot on the deck a few weeks later. Actually, in the spot where I first discovered Penelope.
The eggs of a mantis are enclosed in a foamy pouch that dries to become firm and tough. They’ll need several weeks of warm weather so they can “sense” that spring has arrived before they hatch. Each egg sac will hatch about 100-200 tiny mantises all at once. Of course, not all of them will survive. But, Penelope picked a great spot for the sac to incubate as the deck gets a good amount of sun this time of year.
I’ll be sure to let you know when they hatch, maybe get some video of the little guys too!
Published by Amy on: Jan 23, 2017