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Anybody know what this sticky white stuff is? She had a foot stuck in it; I had to help her get it loose. Was she purposely gluing herself there (perhaps in preparation for molting), or is she sick? I don't know her age; we rescued her from our screen door when hard frost was predicted. She has produced an egg case, so I assume she is full-grown at this point. (I put egg case outside. Presumably those are able to over-winter, or else the species would be extinct.)

Edit: The sticky white stuff is NOT an egg case (ootheca). There's not nearly enough of it, and it's flat not foamy.

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Could you post a picture? It's impossible to say without one, for all we know it was chewing gum. Are you sure the mantis put it there? I take it she lives in an aquarium? –  terdon Nov 14 '13 at 23:33
I had just cleaned the aquarium (with plain water), inside and out, only a few hours before, so it was definitely from the praying mantis (who indeed lives there). Was on inside of glass. Sorry, no photo. Description: sticky bright-white film, sort-of circular, about 1 cm diameter. –  dmm Nov 15 '13 at 5:12
Then i probably was an ootheca just different from what you expected. Unless you're a mantis expert (which I certainly am not) I doubt you'd be able to recognize all ootheca forms. –  terdon Nov 15 '13 at 14:17

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