The other day when I went out to put some empty bottles into the new bottle bin I noticed something stuck under the handle. On closer inspection I found that it was a preying mantis, and it wasn’t stuck, it was attached to a sac-like construction. I did a quick Google on the life-cycle of the mantis and discovered that Madam mantis was in the process of laying three to four hundred eggs in her home-spun sac. Apparently the sac has a coating which will protect it from the winter weather, and then when the sun comes out next spring we shall be blessed with a few hundred little mantises, otherwise known as nymphs. I found a good little film of this process here on YouTube.
A much nicer story than the wasp experience in the previous post!
We’re looking forward to hopefully seeing the nymphs hatch in the spring.