Flashback to late November: Here a large female Manis is laying her eggs.
The eggs of a praying mantis are laid and caught in a smooth spongy nest that called an ootheca. “Ootheca” translates to “a place to keep”. Female mantids like to lay their nests on limbs or any uncomplicated surface, like here, a grass stem.. These eggs in the ootheca will rest until spring, then the nymphs will hatch, a wonderful sight, as hundreds of tiny beasties crawl out, and grow up, to complete the circle of life. (cue music and someone holding a lion cub aloft).