Rainforest mantids hatching

Giant Rainforest Mantids hatching

Hierodula majuscula

 

Praying mantis eggs are laid in an egg case called an ootheca. The shape and size of the ootheca varies between species. Giant Rainforest Mantids produce a large ootheca which may contain well over 100 eggs. These usually take about a month and a half to hatch. The young emerge in mass, and are usually all out within an hour. The emerge as worm-like larvae, but moult shortly afterwards into tiny mantids. This video shows Giant Rainforest Mantids hatching and the worm-like larvae emerging.

Music and images by Alan Henderson

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