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ID needed for larvae on tomato stake

Florissant, CO

Have submitted this photo to local gardeners, Extension office, Master Gardeners, and anyone else I can think of. No-one knows what this is.
Have been advised to get rid of it, but am reluctant to do so without knowing what it/they will hatch into.
Appears to be several white eggs covered by a very firm grey shield.
One expert suggested it might be a praying mantis, but have never seen one here, at 8,200 ft elevation in Colorado.
Any ideas...?

Thumbnail by Judyc13
(Zone 7a)

Is it possible to get a larger photo?

Florissant, CO

Click on photo to enlarge it a bit.

(Zone 7a)

Not enough to see it clearly.

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