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Praying Mantis Sacs


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A sac of the praying mantis on a tree.
 
A sac of the praying mantis on a tree.
 
A sac of the praying mantis on a tree.
 

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I discovered two praying mantis sacs in my backyard. The sacs are both relatively small so I wonder how many eggs are inside each. These praying mantis will be a great addition to my garden when they hatch.

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The first sac is on this jujube tree. The second sac is on a cement wall.

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A sac of the praying mantis on a concrete wall.
 
A sac of the praying mantis on a concrete wall.
 

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March 22, 20210 found this helpful

I believe these are Chinese Mantis egg cases. The Chinese Mantis is an invasive species. I found one of these cases in our garage yesterday and will be destroying it. The native species have elongated egg cases, while the Chinese species appears to have the bottom part "cut off". You can find photos on the internet to identify what you have on your property.

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"The invasive Chinese praying mantis is the largest mantis in North America. It can grow to over four inches.
Mantises are formidable predators. They eat everything they can subdue and do not distinguish between harmful or beneficial insects, preying on bees, ladybugs, moths, spiders, crickets, grasshoppers, as well as frogs, lizards, snakes and even birds.
Ruby-throated hummingbirds are their favored bird target, but mantises will also go after warblers, sunbirds, honeyeaters, flycatchers and vireos."

"The invasive Chinese and European mantis may consume pests, but they also consume a large number of beneficial pollinators and other native insects including the Carolina mantis. In order to keep populations in check, it is recommend to destroy the egg cases of the Chinese and European species before they hatch."

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More to read: www.brandywine.org/.../invasive-mantis-species#:~:text=The....

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March 22, 20210 found this helpful

Thanks for this info. I will do research.

Can you tell what kind of praying mantis I have?www.thriftyfun.com/Praying-Mantis-in-My-Backyard.html

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