Giant Rainforest Mantids hatching
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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