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female bush tiger mantis
2014-05-21 05:44:02

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda is one of Africa's oldest forests, and at approximately 620 square miles, one of the largest protected mountain rainforests as well. The three types of forest — montane, bamboo and lowland — guard more than 280 species of birds and 13 species of primates, along with a host of other animals and insects. A new study from Case Western University and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History has...

Scientists Test Praying Mantis Vision Using Tiny 3D Glasses
2014-04-28 13:21:53

[ Watch the Video: Computation of 3D Vision In Praying Mantises ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Our ability to see in three dimensions is based on disparities in our eyes between the locations of an object’s image. Researchers at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom are working to understand if this same mechanism is taking place inside praying mantises – the only invertebrate known to see in 3D. “Despite their minute brains, mantises are...

Nineteen New Speedy Praying Mantis Species Discovered That Hide And Play Dead To Avoid Capture
2014-03-18 20:17:07

Pensoft Publishers A scientist has discovered 19 new species of praying mantis from Central and South America. The new species of bark mantises were discovered in tropical forests and also found among existing museum collections. Dr. Gavin Svenson, curator of invertebrate zoology at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, described the new species and published a revision of the genus Liturgusa in the open access journal ZooKeys. Svenson collected the insects from eight countries in...

bugs eye view camera
2013-05-02 05:08:57

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have created a new digital camera using a design that mimics ocular systems found in dragonflies, bees, praying mantises and other insects. This class of technology offers exceptionally wide-angle fields of view, with low aberrations, high acuity to motion, and a virtually infinite depth of field. The devices exploit large arrays of tiny focusing lenses and miniaturized detectors in hemispherical layouts —...

Spearing Mantis Shrimp Uses Muscle Power To Attack Enemy
2012-11-23 13:23:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Spearing mantis shrimp must eat plenty of spinach, because scientists have determined it is their muscle power that thrusts them towards their enemy's doom. The lobster-sized shrimp stay in their sandy burrow and wait for prey to come by, and then from out of nowhere, shoot out and grab the next meal with their long skinny appendages. Scientists were not sure how these predators were able to unleash their lightning-fast...

2012-04-26 09:47:47

Male praying mantises are more likely to engage in risky mating behavior if they have not had recent access to females, as reported Apr. 25 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. Female praying mantises are known for their cannibalistic behavior toward their mates, and males take a large risk when they attempt to reproduce. In the current work, led by William Brown of State University of New York at Fredonia, the researchers found that males modulate this risk by altering their approach rate...

2010-05-29 17:17:00

SANDUSKY, Ohio, May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning next weekend, there will be even more to do at Cedar Point. Musically inclined guests have a chance to become a rock star while early risers will be able to have breakfast with their favorite PEANUTS characters. On Saturday, June 5, Rock Band, Live will premiere in the Jack Aldrich Theatre, near the front of the park. One of five new shows that will be introduced at the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort this summer, Rock Band, Live...

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2010-04-14 09:40:00

An early ancestor of the cockroach that lived around 300 million years ago is unveiled in unprecedented detail in a new three-dimensional 'virtual fossil' model, in research published today in the journal Biology Letters. Scientists at Imperial College London have made a comprehensive 3D model of a fossilized specimen called Archimylacris eggintoni, which is an ancient ancestor of modern cockroaches, mantises and termites. This insect scuttled around on Earth during the Carboniferous period...


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Conehead Mantis, Empusa pennata
2013-08-13 11:27:33

The conehead mantis (Empusa pennata) is a species of mantis that can be found in France, Central and Southern Italy, Spain, and some areas of Portugal. This species can be found in scrubs and herbs that grow year round. It is a thin and long in appearance and lightweight with large wings. This makes it a skilled flier. Unlike some mantids that use sight to locate possible mates, this species uses scent. The conehead mantis searches for living prey, capturing it using its raptorial forelegs....

Gambian Spotted-eyes Flower Mantis, Pseudoharpax virescens
2013-08-13 11:24:41

The Gambian spotted-eye flower mantis (Pseudoharpax virescens) is a species of mantis that can be found in East, West, and Central Africa. This species reaches an average body length of 1.1 inches, with females typically growing larger than males. There are other differences between males and females, giving the species a sexual dimorphism. These include the long, red antennae of the males and the bulkier size of the females. Both males and females are primarily white in color with green...

Spiny Flower Mantis, Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii
2013-08-13 11:21:23

The spiny flower mantis (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii) is a species of mantis that can be found in eastern and southern areas of Africa. Adults of this species hold spines along their sides, the trait from which it was named, as well a distinctive mark that resembles the number nine on the upper side of the forewings. The nine marking is cream in color, surrounded in green, and has a black spot in the middle. Adults  are typically green in color, although they can be yellow, red, or pink in...

Jeweled Flower Mantis, Creobroter gemmatus
2013-08-13 11:03:39

The jeweled flower mantis (Creobroter gemmatus), also known as the Indian flower mantis, is a species of flower mantis that be found in Asia. This species prefers to live in humid climates, so it is important that captive individuals have plenty of moisture. Males reach an average length of 1.5 inches and females typically grow a bit larger, displaying a sexual dimorphism. Eggs can take up to five months to develop, undergoing eight changes.  Females are known for being cannibalistic,...

Walking Flower Mantis, Hymenopus coronatus
2013-08-13 10:58:26

The walking flower mantis (Hymenopus coronatus), also known as the pink orchid mantis or the orchid mantis, is a species of flower mantis that can be found in southeastern areas of Asia. It holds a range that includes Indonesia and Malaysia and prefers to reside in rainforests. Males and females differ in size, displaying a sexual dimorphism, with males often growing half the size of females. This species is known for changing its color between brown and pink, depending upon the color of the...

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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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