Ghost Flowers! Earthstars! Hickory Horned Devils! ... And More Weird and Wonderful Oddities of Nature

Don't fear these oddities of nature. Hickory horned devils (a caterpillar), Earthstars (a fungus), and ghost flowers all have their niche.

praying mantis
In spring, anywhere from a dozen to hundreds of baby praying mantises can hatch out of an ootheca (egg case).