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Preying Mantis have enormous appetites, eating various aphids, leafhoppers, mosquitoes, caterpillars and other soft-bodied insects when young. Later they will eat larger insects, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, and other pest insects. A general predator of most pest insects, mites, eggs, or any insect in reach. In autumn the female will lay her eggs before she dies with the frost. Each egg case contains approximately 200 baby mantis. Females usually attach the egg case to twigs, leaves, fences, and other vegetation. So the next time you see an egg case like the one above don't pick it off let this soldier battle your bugs!