Mantis pictures

padkison

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I like taking pictures of my mantids; hope you like looking at them.

Wide Arm Mantis - Adult Female


Peruvian species - nymph


Wide Arm Mantis - Adult Male
 

TNeal

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What beautiful mantids they are. You are making me very jelouse.

Tom
 

nepenthes

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Beautiful. I wish i had gotten into mantids almost (instead of T's) :wall:
 

Anastasia

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Wow!, they are so perfect, love it
I remember back in Russia
as teens we lived right by the "Black Sea"
fer summer in camp in tents
one morning I found huge(Am not exagerating)
pretty good 9 inces Prayin Mantis, bright green :D
I have him/her as company for 2-3 days den he or she move on
but it wuz great company, such a cool bug
for sum reason from all bugs I always loved
Spiders, Scorpions, Dragonflys and Prayin Mantis
such a cool group and sure deserve respect :cool:
 

funnylori

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So pretty! I love mantids, they are so alien and so awesome! Wonderful pics! :D
 

dtknow

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Thats a new species for me...what is the sci name?

You need to take a photo compareing Hierodula to our native Chinese mantid or European mantid.
 

padkison

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Wide Arm is Cilnia humeralis. Peruvian is a probable Pseudovates sp. similar to Pseudovates arizonae, but smaller.

Chinese gravid female from last fall


Heirodula membrenacae (yellow phase)


Both about the same size.
 

eelnoob

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Great pics and collection.



Did you get yours online? I have only seen one for sell at local petstore once and that was couple of years back.



How often do you feed them?
 

IguanaMama

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You are brave. After seeing my mantis attack a roach about a gizallion times the size of its head, I am afraid to handle... It also looks at me funny....
 

padkison

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Mantids are very handleable. They may scrabble a bit when you initially take them out of their container, but quickly calm down. If they go into defensive posture (like my avatar), they will strike at you if you harass them, but that is more like a punch. They don't latch on and attack.

They look at you funny because they have good eyesight and are watching you.

Get your magnifying glass, get one out and check it out.


You are brave. After seeing my mantis attack a roach about a gizallion times the size of its head, I am afraid to handle... It also looks at me funny....
 

Cheshire

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They don't latch on and attack.
Tell that to the chinese mantids I capture every fall ;)

Thier raptorial forelimbs don't really hurt...mostly it just surprises you. I've had them draw blood before, but the needle at the doctor's office hurts far more.
 

padkison

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You're right. If you grab them, they will pinch you with their forelegs and chew on you.

Tell that to the chinese mantids I capture every fall ;)

Thier raptorial forelimbs don't really hurt...mostly it just surprises you. I've had them draw blood before, but the needle at the doctor's office hurts far more.
 

padkison

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Finally got these Giant Asians to make contact. I seem to be having trouble with mating these days.

The male would jump on and just hang there for hours, doing nothing. Tonight, he finally did the job. Good thing too, because I turned my back for a couple of minutes last week and this same female killed my only other male.

Both these came from an ooth I got last summer.

Now I need to convince the Nigerian Flower mantids to mate.

 

ftorres

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PSeudovates peruviana

HEllo All,
This m,antis is a Pseudovates peruviana, which is a cousin of the famous Unicorn MAntis from Arizona Pseudovates arizonae and also related to the Mexican Unicorn mantis Phyllovates chlorophaea.

Regards
FT
 

Hedorah99

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Pseudovates peruviana
That is an awesome shot. It looks kinda like Lewis Carrol's The Jabberwock. I am not huge into mantids, but that is the first time I have seen one two fisting prey items.
 
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