Small white dots on ghost mantis face

Ratmosphere

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Was fooling around with my new macro lens and noticed a few small, white dots on the face of my ghost mantis. Could these be mites? Let me know.

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GingerC

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I think they might just be simple eyes, but I don't really know for sure. Other close-ups of ghost mantids show a few white dots here and there, so they might just be markings.
 

Andrea82

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If the dots move, they're mites. You can try rubbing them off with a qtip dipped in lukewarm water.
You are talking about the dots near the base of the feelers?
 

Salmon

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Mantids have unique eye structures, and usually have 3 simple eyes in a triangular formation in the middle of their foreheads.


The dots on your mantis's face did give me the shivers at first, but then I looked it up and it turns out a ghost mantis's simple eyes are weird and disk shaped and have a disturbing resemblance to huge ticks on the poor thing's face.

 

Andrea82

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Holy cow! Those are EYES? :rofl:
I didn't know that...my knowledge of mantis is severely lacking. :embarrassed:
 

Andrea82

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Yes. You can see them quite clearly on mantids.





I've seen the dots, yes. Just thought it was part of their exoskeleton, like the leaf-like protrusions on P.paradoxa or the orchid-like camouflage on a H.coronatus. :D
I'm not really into mantids anymore, I had them for a year or so, but they die so quickly. I only have my P.paradoxa female. I tried to breed her, but she ate the male.
I decided I liked Theraphosidae better. :smug:
 

basin79

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I've seen the dots, yes. Just thought it was part of their exoskeleton, like the leaf-like protrusions on P.paradoxa or the orchid-like camouflage on a H.coronatus. :D
I'm not really into mantids anymore, I had them for a year or so, but they die so quickly. I only have my P.paradoxa female. I tried to breed her, but she ate the male.
I decided I liked Theraphosidae better. :smug:
It's heart breaking when they die. Obviously to them it's an entire lifetime but to humans it's around 12 short months.
 
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