(updated 03/27/20)

           Can you guess what this is?
                                  (answer at bottom of page)

Known as an “Ootheca,” this insect egg sack belongs to a Praying Mantis.   The sack’s foamy covering is soft at first and hardens quickly.  The eggs will hatch after several weeks of warm weather.  One egg sack could produce a few or hundreds of baby mantises.   

This backyard  photo of an adult mantis  was  taken  in  September,  2017,  but  the  egg sack (discovered by Farmer Tom) was  shot by iPhone Wed., this week.