Some time ago, a praying mantis decided to lay her eggs on a plant in my house. Praying mantis egg cases are very interesting as she lays sometimes hundreds of eggs in a really interesting formation then covers them with a kind of foam which then hardens to protect the eggs until the "big day"! The egg mass is called an ootheca and is firmly attached to the plant.
I had been watching the ootheca for a while but then forgot about it until.......I noticed hundreds of little creatures (baby mantis) on and around the plant.
I watched amazed as I discovered more and more of these miniature creatures. I carefully collected as many as I could and gently placed them outside, hoping for the best as I think they may have hatched a little early (my heater confused them I think).
This is the ootheca....
I used a toothpick to collect them!
..and I was still finding them the next day...
Click here Baby Praying Mantis hatching to see an interesting video!