Can you tell me what type of cocoon this is? If it's a 'good' pest, I'll...

Asked June 25, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

Can you tell me what type of cocoon this is? If it's a 'good' pest, I'll leave it alone, if bad, in the trash it goes. Thanks

Prince George's County Maryland beneficial insects praying mantis

1 Response

Congratulations, this is a praying mantis egg case. The praying mantis is a great beneficial insect because it is a predator of many pest insects. If you see that the case has been broken open at all, you may find some little mini-sized praying mantises around.
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