first instar mantids
Mantodea : Mantidae
I found a newly hatched brood of Chinese or Japanese mantids (I think, Tenedora sp. because of their large relative size). They had been out of the ootheca probably not more than a few hours because they were still near each other and near the ootheca. I reared Carolina Mantids about 2 years ago, and the first instar of the Carolina mantis is much smaller than these. As soon as I approached to take images they dispersed.