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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...

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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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