Although I had constant mantid companions this year in the form of my purchased exotic species, I didn't see any of the naturally occurring ones, until Jerry brought me home that doomed one the other night. (Oh, wait. I did raise another local mantid species. I'll post about him later.)
I just found this beautiful, fresh egg case. It looks like my favorite local big mantid species Stagmomantis limbata. (another attempt to increase the taxonomic references on this blog)
I only wish I could have seen the mantid that created it.