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Old May 20, 2012, 2:37 AM   #1
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I posted a few of these over in the Panny forum but I thought they were interesting enough to share here. After waiting over 5 months, the mantis egg sack in my backyard finally hatched yesterday! The whole process took about 3 hours and several hundred babies emerged.



#1 They squeeze out of tiny slits in the sack, one by one, with their legs tucked.




#2 Newborns are about 0.25" (5mm) and looks transparent.




#3 It took each one about 15 - 20 minutes from the time it started to squeeze out of the sack, until they were strong enough to scatter away. At this point they were very quick and had turned darker tan and green.
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Old May 20, 2012, 8:29 AM   #2
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What an incredible catch! That fist pic is really awesome. I've seen several of these but never been lucky or vigilant enough to see the action. I really like the series of shots too, makes me feel like I was there watching with you
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Thank you Bil, t was worth the wait! I didn't realize they incubate that long! I only found out after finding this sack and doing research online.
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Ysali, I am very disturbed that this set did not get very many comments. I find these one of the best sets of photographs on the forum. They are both informative and VERY well taken. these are without a macro lens also?? Simply fantastic and worth every pixel! Congradulations to you on this!!!!!!!!!!
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Thanks Frank, I don't have a true macro lens. I used a +2 and a +4 diopter either by themselves or stacked. One of these days I will save enough money to buy a real macro lens!!
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That is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Thanks for the post.
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Thank you Loren, it was really fun to watch!!
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Those are well fab shots, super smashing great, and an incredible find for sure.
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How cool is this? what a capture!
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Thanks Diane and jeephotog!
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