Nature offers up interesting finds even during winter. As I was clipping away at some shrubs this past week I found some Praying Mantis egg cases. They were in three different areas. One was in a holly shrub. Ithought it looked interesting how the case incorporated some of the leaves from the holly. This holly doesn't lose its leaves in winter so the egg case is decorated with green.
The next two were in some spirea shrubs. One obviously had a leaf incorporated in it but those leaves die back during winter so it is all curled up.
The other was on a limb and the case had adhered to another smaller stem which came with the case as I cut them off.
I stuck the limbs with the cases in my window box hoping that eventually they will hatch when I am sitting here watching. I would love to see them emerge from the case. We will just have to wait and see.