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Mystery invert

Observed: 18th October 2011 By: davee75
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found adhered to the seat of a compact tractor that has been imported from Japan (although when is unknown and may be a misleading clue). Has the appearance of a trilobite like pupae, yet has multiple chambers inside. Imag0149 shows one of the inverts inside although whether this is the original inhabitant or a parasite/secondary inhabitant is unknown. help for this would be appreciated.

  • Mantis Ootheca
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
    Likely ID
    a mantis (Mantodea)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


dshubble's picture


Now to raise some adults...

DavidNotton's picture

or even...

... parasitic wasps, as there are a number of genera which attack mantid eggs such as Mantibaria, Podagrion etc.

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...the unexpected emergences can be more interesting that the expected species :)

As it happens, I've scribbled about this sort of thing (unashamed self-promotion):