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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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

Carolina mantis
2005-09-09 09:13:59

The Carolina mantis (Stagmomantis carolina) is the state insect of South Carolina. It is also called a praying mantis or mantid. It is but one of many species of Mantodea (genus Stagomantis) and the smallest of the three types which are native to North America. It can measure up to 7.6 cm or about 3 inches in length. In the South it is commonly referred to as a rearhorse or mulekiller. The...

Word of the Day
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.