Marshmallow like growth on apple tree

Anyone know what this is? It looks like a marshmallow and has a hard plastic like texture. I figure it is a cocoon of some type. I’ve found a couple throughout the orchard.

Praying mantis cocoon. It’s a keeper.



Awesome! Thanks Dax! I was hoping it was a beneficial. Have seen a lot of mantis on my trees this summer…

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i actually bought some online and tied them to treelimbs around my property this spring . all 5 hatched but i havent seen the babies yet. probably pretty small still.

I go out and gather them up in the fall before the woodpeckers and lawnmowers get them and have seen a big increase in population since.

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I saw a few cocoons around this spring and I have spotted small praying mantises from time to time but no real big ones. Here’s one on my black magic blackberry

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