egg case

noun

Definition of egg case

: a protective case enclosing eggs : ootheca

called also egg capsule

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The wasps hatch, devour the roach inside the egg case and escape by drilling a hole out to freedom. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 The mother wasp taps the egg cases to make sure a roach is inside. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 The egg case is called the Ootheca, and the number of nymphs (baby cockroaches) per Ootheca varies depending on the type of cockroach. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "What You Need To Know If You Ever See A Roach In Your House," 19 Aug. 2018 Usually the egg cases line up end to end like pearls strung on a necklace. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Beetles are out to get your viburnums. Here's how to fight back.," 7 Mar. 2018 Soon, the egg case opened, and a hatchling emerged. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "First Video of Baby Dumbo Octopus Shows They’re Fully Formed From Birth," 20 Feb. 2018 This material, used for capturing prey, rappelling from high places, and building egg cases and dwellings, is itself fantastically diverse, its makeup varying from species to species. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Spider genes put a new spin on arachnids’ potent venoms, stunning silks, and surprising history," 19 Oct. 2017 Behind the female’s bottomless appetite is the extraordinary size of her egg case, or ootheca, a frothy proteinous mass studded with up to 400 eggs that can amount to half her body weight. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Birds Beware: The Praying Mantis Wants Your Brain," 22 Sep. 2017

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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