Saturday, April 26, 2008

More mantids hatching

It might be a little hard to figure out this picture, so I'll explain. This is the egg case I collected from this post. The green stuff is beeswax that I used to attach it to the branch of a plant in my yard. You can see a white cluster of natal skins hanging just to the right of center. This was not a complete hatch-out, but a group. And you can just make out part of the group under the horizontal leaf near the bottom of the picture.


You can click on the picture to enlarge it, but my favorite is really the second picture...



This is the first and last time these babies will be together. They appear to be peering out at the world, (and me) from under the safety of the leaf, maybe deciding amongst themselves who will go first, and what they might do.
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