Subject: Mantis Ootheca and adult, female California Mantis
Geographic location of the bug: Mount Washington, Los Angeles, CA
Time: 5:30 PM PDT
We have a long overdue update on our She’s a Man-Eater posting. Several days after the mating and cannibalistic meal that followed on our porchlight, Daniel relocated the female California Mantis in the genus Stagmomantis (not sure if species is S. californica or S. limbata as both species are reported from Los Angeles) to the plum trees in back, and after a day, we could no longer find her, but we did locate this ootheca in the branches not far from where we released her.
Then we found a female Mantis nearby, but we cannot say for certain she is the same individual. Now that January has arrived, the ootheca is still in place and it has still not hatched.