from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The egg case of certain insects and mollusks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An egg case of any of the orthopteroid insects (such as cockroaches and mantids).
Other species, however, simply drop the ootheca off in some hidden corner, where the babies can incubate safely while you beat their mothers to death with a shoe.
Female cockroaches carry their fertilized eggs around in these pod-like sacks called ootheca.
Some cockroaches will tote the ootheca around attached to their bodies until the babies hatch.
Stumble upon enough ootheca in the basement, and its liable to be the first thing you take to the lab.
 The production of ootheca is only found in cockroaches and the praying
In the species, Periplaneta Americana, the ootheca can have up to
Oklahomans may be wise to learn how to find and identify a mantid egg case, called an ootheca, rather than just the adult.
I took some really nice images today of praying mantis nymphs emerging from their papery ootheca, an amazing sight.
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