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Old May 20, 2012, 3:26 AM   #1
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I found this mantis egg sack in my backyard about 5 months ago and have been watching it. Yesterday morning, it finally happened! The whole process took about 3 hours and several hundred tiny babies emerged. It was in a difficult place to photograph, plus the light was not great, but tried my best. These are all shot with the FZ35 with different combination of LC55 and Ranox 250.


#1 They squeeze out of tiny slits in the sack, with their legs tucked. They are almost white/transparent at first. Once outside, they would lay still for 5 to 10 minutes. They look like tiny shrimp at this stage.




#2 After a while, it would start to wiggle their body and stretch their legs. The body turned a darker tan and green color. They were very vulnerable to predators at this point, many lizards and spiders watching! I had to move the sack several times away from these hazards.




#3 As soon as it was able to move, it would scatter away looking for shelter. At this point they were very quick and disappeared into the bushes fast. These egg sacks are about 1" (2.5cm) long.




#4 Aren't they cute? Look at the one in the lower right (too bad he's OOF)!!. Within minutes of the last one hatching, all had completely disappeared and I couldn't not find a single one!




#5 Newborns are about 0.25" (5mm) long and nearly transparent.
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What a fantastic learning series, Saly! The young ones, without wings, look different and as you say, vulnerable (I might say, to predators, they sure look like corn cobs!). Thanks for your patience in recording these and your generosity in sharing.
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Incredible Saly.
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Old May 20, 2012, 7:55 AM   #4
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a most excellent series, they always remind me of the Alien movie
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Bravo Saly, thanks for sharing.

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Amazing series Saly, well done.
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Fantastic and interesting macro series Yuki!! thanks!
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Wonderful series saly - very educational. Your patience is appreciated
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Thank you everyone for you comments! It was certainly worth the wait!!
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wow those are some amazing shots!!!! incredible!
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