So a few weeks ago Emma and I went on a nature study hunt in our yard. I was specifically looking for butterfly chrysalis’ in the bushes around our house, and came across this fascinating cocoon. At first I thought it was a chrysalis but upon google-ing “white chrysalis” or “white cocoon” didn’t see anything similar… this made me wonder if it was going to hatch thousands of baby spiders or something (I saw a spider on it, that’s why it entered my mind). Warily, I put it in a jar. This one didn’t come inside like the caterpillar – I kept it outside… just in case.
Back inside the house, I did a little more searching and found something that looked similar – a praying mantis egg case! I’m not 100% sure this is what it is, but it looks awfully similar to me. Praying mantis egg cases are glued completely to the branches, are a white color, and have the strange scale-like look you see in my photos.
Behold, Our Future!
As an aside… can you believe my iPhone took the first two pictures in this post? I NEVER get good pictures with that thing! I have found that the app Camera+ really helps in taking better photos.
I am so excited!!!!!!
Now… how to explain to Emma that we can’t keep them all.