Taste of spring, finding another surprise

With three days of spring-like temperatures arriving starting today, I dragged the potted walking stick bamboo (Chimonobambusa Tumidissinoda) out of the garage.


It's been outdoors for most of the winter, but I brought it in whenever low temps were forecast below about 25ºF (-4ºC). Since it was down to single digits F just a few days ago, it's been getting in my way enjoying itself in the garage. We both appreciate getting it back outside!


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Nothing cheers me up in winter like bamboo leaves backlit by sunlight!


I've moved this pot a few times since summer, but today was the first time that I noticed something hidden by the big rim of this container:


It was...


...another mantis egg case!

It was stuck here...


...just under the rim. That's the "glue" residue left there.

It may be damaged, as it seems to be a darker color and may have been pecked by a bird.


I put it in the refrigerator with the others though -- you can see that it's quite a bit darker than the previous finds (it's on the left).

So many baby mantises will be hatching this June! Certainly there are many more hidden throughout the garden too. Exciting!

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Renee  – (February 18, 2016 at 7:57 PM)  

I hope the mantises appreciate how well you care for their offspring! And the bamboo backlit is very pretty.

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