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shearpamela
Flower Mound, TX
(Zone 7b)

September 2, 2004
1:23 AM

Post #1030737

I found this odd thing in my garden, and think it might be a praying mantis cocoon - but not sure...

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imzadi
Jackson, SC
(Zone 8a)

September 2, 2004
1:56 AM

Post #1030784

it looks creepy whatever it is. hope someone can help.
poppysue
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)


September 2, 2004
1:58 AM

Post #1030792

Looks like a mantis case to me...
http://images.google.com/images?q=mantis egg case&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi
Karrie20x
Spokane, WA
(Zone 5b)

September 2, 2004
2:02 AM

Post #1030806

if it's a mantis, put it back outside! those are good bugs! :-)
shearpamela
Flower Mound, TX
(Zone 7b)

September 2, 2004
2:07 AM

Post #1030810

It is definitely outside! I put it back where I found it right after I took the picture :) It feels like styrofoam, and is as light as a feather...
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

September 2, 2004
2:09 AM

Post #1030812

Oh lucky you SP. They sell those to gardeners
shearpamela
Flower Mound, TX
(Zone 7b)

September 2, 2004
2:17 PM

Post #1031370

I'll have to keep an eye on it to see if it "hatches"...
Agrinerd
Franklin, NC
(Zone 6b)

September 2, 2004
2:31 PM

Post #1031397

Good thing you put it back. My mom tells a story of one that was left on a windowsill in the sun and she had to scrape up hundreds of tiny geen mantises with a post card when they hatched. Nature bug that she is, she rescued every one and put them in the garden.
ceedub
Whitby, ON
(Zone 5b)

September 2, 2004
2:46 PM

Post #1031545

I'm with imzadi, looks very creepy to me, like outta some really bad horror movie ... If my thumbs weren't so green, I'd be the worst gardener in the world, bugs and bug-related "products" scare me silly. Whoever invented rubber handed gardening gloves has my profound thanks.

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