Praying Mantis Ootheca

Several of this year’s praying mantises set up shop in the decorative grasses bracketing the front door:

Praying Mantis - brown wing covers - in grass
Praying Mantis – brown wing covers – in grass

We found their egg masses, formally called ootheca, attached to the stems in mid-October:

Praying Mantis egg mass A
Praying Mantis egg mass A

They feel like rigid urethane foam and seem eminently protective:

Praying Mantis egg mass B
Praying Mantis egg mass B

We’ll cut around the masses when it’s time to clear out the dead grass next spring. I was tempted to bring one inside, but dealing with a gazillion tiny mantises in a few months would be daunting.