I mentioned yesterday that I was unable to locate the oothica to those little mantids. Well, I found it! Not only the oothica, but a tiny newborn mantis dangling from it by a thread. I was probably a hell of a lot more excited than your average person to discover a mantis egg sac in the yard, but hey, it’s the little things. Right?
This little guy in the photos was so fresh outta the sac, that he hadn’t even formed a hard shell yet. He was all soft, white, and squishy.
You can see the oothica in the photos. Looks like part of the bark, so you’ll have to concentrate to differenciate it from the bush’s branch-arms.