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Subject:  Young Mantids
Geographic location of the bug:  Campbell, Ohio
Date: 08/02/2020
Time: 6:05 PM EDT
Last November, while in Ohio, Daniel cleared some brush from his mother’s garden, and he discovered several Mantis oothecae on twigs and other places, including this tomato cage.  Daniel moved the tomato cage with the attached ootheca closer to the house where his mother grows potted plants each year.

Probably Chinese Mantis Ootheca

Earlier in July, Daniel’ mother informed him she saw two Mantids among her petunias and the other potted plants, and when Daniel arrived late in July, they were still there, very well camouflaged and prowling among the blossoms.

Immature, probably Chinese Mantid

Immature, probably Chinese Mantis

Subject:  Bug I can’t identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern NJ
Date: 11/11/2019
Time: 01:32 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw these on a pin oak this morning
How you want your letter signed:  Ryan Moore

Giant Bark Aphids

Dear Ryan,
We quickly identified what we suspected were Giant Bark Aphids,
Longistigma caryae, on BugGuide, but there were no images of what we suspected might be eggs.  The Bug of the Week site has a nice image with the caption:  “Eggs of the giant bark aphid are the overwintering stage. They line small branches by the thousands and change from amber to black as they age.”

Giant Bark Aphids

Giant Bark Aphids

Subject:  Dry husk stuck on rock
Geographic location of the bug:  San Luis Obispo, California
Date: 10/11/2019
Time: 06:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman: I found this dry husklike thing on a rock in my front yard.  I pulled it off, but didn’t;t learn anything.  I know it was once either part of some living thing, or it contained or was shielding something living.  Please help!
How you want your letter signed:  Yours, Kathy O’Brien

Mantis Ootheca

Dear Kathy,
This is the ootheca or egg case of a Preying Mantis, and it does not look like it has hatched yet.  Mantids only live a single season, hatching when conditions are right in the late winter or early spring and they mature by autumn.  The female Mantis then lays one or more ootheca that will overwinter.  If you put this ootheca in a sheltered location, or try to attach it to a branch on a tree or shrub, it might still hatch this spring.  Daniel just realized there is no Bug of the Month posting for October 2019, as he neglected to create one at the beginning of the month, so this posting will be tagged as Bug of the Month.  Daniel noticed two native Mantis oothecae in the garden in the past week, so perhaps he will take some images and add to this posting.

California Mantis ootheca on native willow

Update October 15, 2019:  Two California Mantis Oothecae in the WTB? garden
When Daniel returned from work yesterday, he made a point of taking images of the two California Mantis oothecae he found over the weekend.  Though adult Mantids did not make may late season appearances in the garden, they were obviously hiding quite well as the two oothecae are far enough apart to evidence they were likely laid by two different females.

California Mantis ootheca on pine

Subject:  pod identification
Geographic location of the bug:  swampland outside New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Date: 07/23/2019
Time: 04:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  greetings Bugman.  I have found your site randomly but joyfully.  are you the Bugman of whom Albuquerque Speaks such praises ?    my daughter recently moved to ABQ.  I saw your work on a documentary, I believe & encouraged her to offer herself to volunteer as she is an avid entomologist .. with a background in pathology.  now, the accompanying image is of a foamy pod adhering to a dried plant stalk in swampland near NOLA.  a friend asks & I am curious as well.  thanks to you, for this great site… you are generous and the education opportunities your offer the seeking here on social media reaffirms my faith in humanity, yes indeed.
How you want your letter signed:  rebekah duffus

Egg Mass of Apple Snail

Dear Rebekah,
Thanks so much for your fervid praise, but we don’t know anything about Albuquerque Speaks.  We did feel compelled to get you a proper identification and we believe we have properly identified this as the Egg Mass of an Apple Snail in the genus 
Pomacea, and there are several invasive species. According to Featured Creatures:  “You can scrape off the egg masses and allow them to fall into the water since inundated eggs will not hatch. However, only pink egg masses should be scraped or removed. Egg masses with large, white eggs were laid by the native Florida applesnail and should be left undisturbed, as they do not pose a threat and are the principal food of the Everglades kite. Never release applesnails from aquaria into the wild (FFWCC 2006).”  ResearchGate also has an image of a pink Apple Snail Egg Mass.

Subject:  Marine Blue Laying an Egg
Geographic location of the bug:  West Los Angeles
Date: 07/23/2019
Time: 04:23 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bugman,
It may be silly, but I can’t tell you how excited I am to get a picture of a Marine Blue laying eggs.  I’ve been watching them for years in my back yard and rarely ever see them sitting still.
How you want your letter signed:  Jeff Bremer

Marine Blue lays Egg

Dear Jeff,
Your image is great, and there is nothing silly about getting excited about getting an image of a Marine Blue laying an egg.  Was the chosen plant plumbago?  According to BugGuide:  “Caterpillar hosts: Leadwort (
Plumbago) and many legumes including alfalfa (Medicago sativa), milkvetch (Astragalus), and mesquite (Prosopis).”

Hi Daniel,
Yes, the plant is a Cape Plumbago. By the way, if you acquire a Cape Plumbago, I suggest it be kept in a pot.  I planted one in my back yard and it rapidly showed it’s intent on world domination.
I also tried to get a picture of the eggs, but they are so small, I cannot see them.
Thanks for the gardening advice Jeff.  We have no plans to plant Plumbago, but it is flourishing in our neighbor’s yard. 

Subject:  Dragonfly eggs?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southeast Pennsylvania
Date: 05/01/2019
Time: 10:01 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi
I found this yesterday on my rose bush, April 30, 2019
I used the iNatuarlist app to try to identify, if briefly showed up as dragon/darner fly eggs
How you want your letter signed:  Natalie DelGiorno

Katydid Eggs

Dear Natalie,
These are most definitely NOT Dragonfly Eggs.  Dragonflies oviposit in the water, not on dried branches.  These are Katydid Eggs.

Katydid Eggs

Thank for answering. I found a picture on the web
I have the eggs in an aquarium, hoping they will hatch as a science project for kids
I also found a a preying mantis egg sac, an optics,(sure the spelling is wrong. It looks like half is broken, but I put it in an aquarium too
The thing about the preying mantis egg is that I saw her last October near the place where I found the eggs. There are also 2 others!
Thanks again