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Mantis mommy laying eggs

It was by pure chance I saw this praying mantis mommy laying her eggs in our front doorway! I was on my way out to water the garden and I glanced down. Gee! I nearly stepped on her. She looked up at me and must have called out – “Watch out!” Had I not been mindful, I would have not gone down on my knees to take a closer look.

What a magic sight! Have you ever seen this before? Its like a foamy sponge that goes hard. The eggs must be inside!

I remember when we first moved to this house, we had a praying mantis and watched her laying her egg sac on a pot plant. My hubby fed her flies and she ate until she nearly popped! We monitored the egg sac and then one day, out popped baby mantises! WOW! What a sight to behold! I’ll have to keep you posted on this hatch!

Today is day one … and counting!


By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

23 replies on “Mantis mommy laying eggs”

Oh, my goodness!!! I just read your other post about the babies hatching. This is just AMAZING!! I am blown away that you actually caught her laying the sac!!! I would be doing backflips if I witnessed this and/or the babies hatching. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing wonder of God’s creation!!!! I find egg sacs every year in my garden but have never had the privilege of witnessing either laying or hatching.

I’ve never been lucky enough to see those eggs being laid. How wonderful that you noticed it and could take those terrific pictures. She certainly picked an interesting spot. I sure would love to see them hatch!

Wow that is fascinating! My son has made me show him and his brother more than 3 times now, they are so interested in the egg, well off to google some more facts on it as I have no clue. So excited you posted this!! My little guys thank you too =)

I have Never, Never seen this!! I have a friend that Found an egg case once. She gave it to me, and our second grade classroom Raised the babies in the Spring. However, they hatched too early (probably because I kept it indoors) to be let outdoors . . . and many of them ate the others. boo.

I used to find these egg cases on our patio furniture at our previous house. It was a couple of years before I finally figured out what they were! They are amazingly hard and resilient. It’s awesome you managed to capture her on camera! Glad she’s not shy πŸ˜‰

How many days I wonder? When they hatch inside, I end up coaxing nearly invisible babies onto a bitty paper and out into the big wide world. It is a wonder that any of them ever survive!

I have never seen this! And if I saw an egg sac, I would not know what it was – thanks for showing us these pictures. I hope you can get pics of the babies emerging – that would be incredible!

Barbara — after the egg case has completely hardened (a week?), you can probably pop it off the floor and move it somewhere more protected and easier to monitor — like a jar. I’ve done this with mantis cases that were attached to wood outdoors, so getting it off the smooth tile should be easy.

Here though the eggs are laid in the fall, overwinter, then hatch in the spring.

Thanks Alan for the tip – I will do this, so I can keep my eye on it. I have lost all my praying mantises when I pulled out my lavender bushes. I would love to populate my garden again with baby mantises! AND, I can keep a photo journal on the process. πŸ™‚

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