Marshmallow like growth on apple tree


#1

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.


#2

Praying mantis cocoon. It’s a keeper.

Dax


#3

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


#4

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.


#5

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.