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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: Two cocoons or egg cases. Can anyone I.D.?

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

December 27, 2008
11:33 PM

Post #5934041

Came across both of these today and I'm wondering if anyone knows what creature made them. :)
First one I think may be a polyphemus moth.
It's on a Beautyberry and is about 2" long.
Here's that one.

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

December 27, 2008
11:34 PM

Post #5934046

Here's the other. It's on the underside of an orchid basket. It's about 1.5" long.
Many thanks for taking a look!
Deb

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 28, 2008
12:05 AM

Post #5934173

Deb...the second picture looks like a praying mantis egg case. See this pic...
http://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/showimage/2114/
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

December 28, 2008
12:40 AM

Post #5934302

Sheila: I believe you are absolutely right! I had no idea they looked like that. Thanks! It's kind of ironic, because in summer I usually see my mantis pals on the Beautyberry, which is where the other cocoon thingy is.

This message was edited Dec 27, 2008 7:51 PM
Sarahskeeper
Brockton, MA
(Zone 6a)

December 28, 2008
1:10 AM

Post #5934419

The second one is longer than the mantis cases I see. BUT mine are Chinese mantid not Carolina mantis.
It looks to be of the same dried foam structure, light and hard.
I found a new one yesterday after the snow melted off a rose bush.
Happy1892
Wake Forest, NC

February 12, 2012
5:25 PM

Post #9004462

It looks like a Carolina Mantis ootheca. I am not sure. It might be Stagmomantis limbata.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 12, 2012
7:14 PM

Post #9004621

Do either of you recognize the first one? It does look like the polyphemus I have seen.
flatpickit
Charleston, SC

February 15, 2012
6:08 PM

Post #9008224

The first one looks like Polyphemus to me. I saw fewer this past year around Charleston (adults, larvae, and cocoons) perhaps because of the dry conditions.

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

February 15, 2012
6:46 PM

Post #9008257

it seems that the entire forum has been overtaken by mantis threads all of a sudden and these threads are all from years ago so the original poster may or may not be around to actually respond.
Happy1892
Wake Forest, NC

May 22, 2013
2:10 PM

Post #9530110

Oops. Im sorry. I will try to post on only recent threads. Strange that I thought that was a ootheca. It looks like a moth cocoon.
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

June 9, 2013
1:44 PM

Post #9552451

Hi, all who have responded since I as last here. Thank you so much ~ I have had a busy time and am just getting back to DG again.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 9, 2013
3:44 PM

Post #9552606

Happy, it doesn't hurt to post on older threads, just know that in some cases you may not get a response as some of the posters are no longer on site. There is a lot of good info in older posts as well as in closed posts. Trackin wasn't warning you off, just giving you a heads up.

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 10, 2013
5:14 PM

Post #9554116

what moon said...:-)

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 11, 2013
6:31 AM

Post #9554672

GRIN...

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