Sometimes telling the gender of an insect is super easy. If it's actively laying eggs, it's pretty safe to assume it's female!
As to her choice of location... not the greatest. I was trying to get some edging put in around a flower bed, but didn't succeed- I think it's been rolled too long, it wouldn't cooperate. Anyway, I was going to throw it in the shed for winter, but discovered it was in use.
Questions in the comments lead me to add that the eggs are encased in that tan foamy stuff. It hardens into something that feels a little bit like styrofoam, and is easy to recognize as a mantis egg case.
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