When temperatures are in the 60s for long enough, hundreds of tiny mantis will emerge from this egg case. They will seek out aphids and other tiny insects – and eat eachother if there are not enough to be found. They wait in stillness until their prey comes close enough, and with incredible speed catch and devour.
They have the ability to mimic leaves and ants in order to escape their predators.
I secured this egg case to one of our daisies in the garden, so it won’t blow away with the wind. I hope to catch them hatching.