I did have several praying mantis this season.
I found about 8 of these and from what I can figure they might be the egg sack.
I garden in a community garden and everything had to be removed.
I saved 5 pods.
The are hard and feel light as if made with foam.
If this is a mantis pod…how can I protect it so the eggs will hatch?
I live in a small apartment with no outside, but could bring them to my daughter’s.
Thank you so much!
Yes, that is a mantid egg case. That heart shaped egg case is made by the Chinese mantid.
These have to be kept outdoors. It would be best to give them to gardeners who can put them in their gardens. Place them in a bush or other somewhat protected area so they don’t blow to the ground. Assuming you have a bit of a stem attached to all of them you could clothespin them to a bush. Do not place them close together. If baby mantids do not find enough food when they emerge they do start to eat each other. 🙁
The mantid egg case is foam-like. It is filled with 300-500 eggs. It needs to overwinter outside, otherwise the mantids will emerge in your house in the middle of winter. You will have hundreds of tiny little mantids running around with nothing to eat.
Thank you for saving the ones you did. Perhaps the others were just put in a compost pile where they may still have a chance to hatch next summer.