Every year: surprise!

I've been lazy with bringing plants indoors this year. Yes, I got them into the garage when necessary, but sorting them into the "stay in the garage" and "move into basement" lots was only about 50% complete until yesterday.

That's when I moved a bunch of small potted succulents into the warmth and under some lights. And that's when I got the surprise. Notice anything special about the elephant bush in this photo? (Other than the fact that it's dropped a lot of leaves I mean.)


Well, look more closely and you'll see...

... a mantis egg case!

Good thing I noticed that, or I'd have a months-early hatching in the basement.

So I pulled the case off:

It was stuck quite well but as usual came off cleanly, albeit suddenly.

The case will go into the jar in the back of the refrigerator for a few more months.

I'm sure I could find more of these out in the garden if I just looked around a bit. Now that I've got my first in the jar, I probably will.


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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (January 17, 2017 at 3:58 PM)  

I'm glad it was a POSITIVE surprise. It looks a lot worse than it is.

outlawgardener  – (January 18, 2017 at 8:45 AM)  

What a nice surprise. Good thing you caught it before you had babies hopping all over your basement.

chavliness  – (January 18, 2017 at 10:43 AM)  

Good thing you know what you are looking at. I would have missed it completely. There will be a big celebratory post when the babies hatch... you will remember to take it out of the fridge in a few months, right?

Chickadee Gardens  – (January 23, 2017 at 8:46 PM)  

That's amazing! You have a great set of eyes, Alan. I too would have missed it.

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