Insect photos continued…

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.

20 Thoughts on “Insect photos continued…

  1. Briley on April 4, 2009 at 9:03 pm said:

    This is auctually really nice. Cute squishy mantis.

  2. Laura on April 4, 2009 at 11:38 pm said:

    I see those things all around my house, but I never see any baby mantises. It’s so cute and full of potential of chomping its mate’s head off. Something tells me you like your buggies. 🙂

  3. Esmeralda on April 5, 2009 at 8:01 am said:

    You know how awesome you are, right? Also, you and JV should team up and make a childrens’ book about parasites (quite like the Interrupted neurotransmissons, but with stuff like ‘Squishy the slugs says…’ and cross-sections and stuff).

  4. “From whence arrived the praying mantis?
    From outer space, or lost Atlantis?
    glimpse the grin, green metal mug
    at masks the pseudo-saintly bug,
    Orthopterous, also carnivorous,
    And faintly whisper, Lord deliver us.”

    http://www.ogdennash.org

  5. Umber on May 2, 2009 at 2:23 pm said:

    Cuddly and colourful, I feel some sort of insect rave is in order. Low volume of course. Don’t want to mash their pretty legs. 🙂

  6. Aubrey on July 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm said:

    I’ve never seen a newborn mantid or grasshopper!!! Thanks for sharing! Sometimes we find giant mantids in the most surprising places. Looking at us with their big manty eyes.

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