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Have you ever wondered about where insects go in the winter?

It turns out that different kinds of insects have different strategies for avoiding the stresses of winter.

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I found two examples of one strategy this morning. The tactic is for the female insects to lay eggs in the fall. Eggs are often more resistant to cold and drying out than other life stages and can be hidden in protected places. In the spring, the eggs hatch and start the cycle again.

This cluster of eggs is on a grapefruit leaf. It will be interesting to find out what kind of insect they hatch into.

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Here is the second example. It is an egg case of the Mediterranean mantis,  Iris oratoria. The female mantis has added a layer of hard foam around her eggs to further protect them.

Have you found any overwintering insects lately? What was their strategy to protect themselves from the cold?

Did you ever wonder where insects go for the winter?

Sometimes insects spend the winter as adults.  We found this one hiding in a pile of leaves when we were doing some yard work.

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A few weeks ago we found another grasshopper that looked very similar hiding in an old bird's nest that had fallen down. I guess by having old nests and old leaves lying around, we are helping out our insects. Who would have thought?

For More Information:

Where Do They Go? Insects in Winter by Millicent Ellis Selsam

I Wonder Where Butterflies Go In Winter and Other Neat Facts About Insects by Molly Marr and Paul Mirocha