Thursday, February 5, 2009

Skywatch Friday: Egg Case

Preying Mantis Egg Case 1-29-09 by Kathie Brown

Last Thursday I took a walk with some new birding friends in Sycamore Canyon where we found several of these preying mantis egg cases suspended like a promise from numerous twigs. The early morning sun made them shine like gold and I love the way it looks against the bright blue sky. For more sky views click on the button below.


32 comments:

Ruth said...

We see a few praying mantis here in the late summer so they must lay eggs in the north as well. Very pretty colours. I will have to remember to look for them.

TSannie said...

That's really cool! I've never seen a mantis egg case.

Diane C. said...

That mantis egg case does look stunning against the blue sky! Kind of reminds me of a honey comb.

Denise said...

This is something I have never seen before. Thanks Kathie, there is a lot of beauty in nature.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Beautiful shot! I wish I saw more preying mantises around here!

bobbie said...

What a great shot! I must admit, I never knew waht a praying mantis egg case gooked like. thank you.

Deborah Godin said...

Really gorgeous jewel colors!

Dewdrop said...

What a keen eye you have! I have never noticed one before, and really had no clue what they looked like. Thank you for teaching me. Love the amazing blue color in your shot!

Mojo said...

I've probably seen these and never knew what they were. You're right, this one is very striking against that crystal blue sky. Great shot!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Fascinating! I've never before seen a mantis egg case. Thanks! Great photo.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

P.S. I should have looked at your 2/2/09 post! :) I'm putting you in my feeds!

Photo Cache said...

That is something. Thanks for showing this to us. Never seen one before. Wow.

kden said...

That is so cool, never saw those before. We occasionally see them around here. Last summer I had a small one crawling up my leg and almost smooshed it because I thought it was a spider. But I gently put him in my grasses. Now I know what to look for in the future.

Kathiesbirds said...

Pat-an Akansas stamper, thank you! And your comment made me remember I wanted to put in a link to that post.

RuneK said...

A great shot! Happy skywatch.

Guy D said...

Excellent skywatch shot, very unique and that is what I like most about your work.

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

Celeste said...

Brilliant shot Kathie! You captured the detail so perfectly.

Kallen305 said...

So lovely. The contrast in colors is breath taking.

Lene said...

I hvae never seen this before, but the colors are great together :)

Janie said...

The egg case does look like a promise. The color is indeed pretty against your bright blue sky.

Heather said...

A very interesting photo, Kathie. Thanks for stopping by my blog - nice to meet you too! It's nice to see a bird blog from the west. Looks like you have lots of beautiful birds that I can only dream about from here in Ohio!

Wren said...

Interesting, indeed, and makes a very different skywatch as well. Plus, you'll have baby praying mantises to look forward to.

Mary said...

These are cool! I've never seen one before, but now I will know what they look like. Do they favor a certain type of tree or bush?

SandyCarlson said...

Who'd a thunk? Wow. That looks like some kind of melon. Amazing, Kathie. Thanks. Our world is chock full of wonder.

Linda Reeder said...

Wow. Great photo, orange against blue, but also a great find in nature.

Carletta said...

Never seen those before - how interesting the pattern is.
The orange glow against the blue is beautiful.

Chrisss said...

Very cool photo. Happy SWF!

Pearl Maple said...

How cool, lots of interesting structure and form about their nest building. Thanks for sharing with sky watch friday.

vincibene said...

I have never seen before such a thing. Very fascinating and beautiful contrast!

Old Wom Tigley said...

I'm glad you explained what these were.....a great picture for sure
I loved the 'Pushme Pullyou' Coot in a lower post.

The snow outside my door as mostly gone but other parts of the UK are still undersnow.

Thanks for your comment and vist.

Tom
My blogs: Wiggers World and Tom's Sky Watch Pictures

Quiet Paths said...

Just a fascinating color contrast!

John said...

Beautiful shot!