Today, upon arriving home from running some errands, I noticed a “blob” in one of my thorny bushes. I took a closer look and saw this:
Had I seen this a mere few weeks ago, I would have assumed my bush had some sort of disease. Fortunately, my mother-in-law had schooled me on praying mantises when I questioned her about a setup I observed in her living room. She is actively trying to hatch a praying mantis egg case, and she has a tank with all the fixings set up for this purpose. (What do you expect? She’s a zoologist!)
I called her shortly after discovering the egg case to brag. 🙂 She said she’d like to have it, so I will be carefully picking it and delivering it to her. And by picking it I mean cutting off the part of the bush where it is attached. I read that praying mantises like to lay their eggs in hard to access places, which explains why it’s in the middle of a thorny bush.
I hope the little mantises hatch. I’d like to see some!