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Aug 07, 2010 02:09 |  #1

It's been a few years since I've seen a decent-sized green praying mantis here, but I have seen a couple small brown ones. Today I caught one of each on the same branch, and had a pretty good idea that it wouldn't end well for the smaller of the two:

1. Predator

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2. Prey
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3. The attack
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4. Deciding where to begin

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5. Off with his head
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6. Head... good!

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7. Drumstick

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8. Workin' the body
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Everything but the wings was devoured... all the way to the tip of the tail... in 13 1/2 minutes. The green mantis didn't look that much fatter when he was finished.

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Aug 07, 2010 06:37 |  #2

OMG! OMG! Great series! I had no idea this wonderful creatures were so vicious to their own kind. Let me say it one more time OMG! Lovely lighting too!

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Aug 07, 2010 08:24 |  #3

I doubt they were the same species, so "own kind" doesn't really apply.


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Aug 07, 2010 08:47 |  #4

I believe the praying mantis is the species in which the female after mating eats the male mantis. I might be mistaken so feel free to correct me.


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Aug 07, 2010 09:08 |  #5

You are correct Joe


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Aug 07, 2010 09:26 |  #6

terrific series




  
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Aug 07, 2010 10:38 |  #7

Joe Ravenstein wrote in post #10677570 (external link)
I believe the praying mantis is the species in which the female after mating eats the male mantis. I might be mistaken so feel free to correct me.

That does frequently happen, however... after doing some brief research and then counting the number of segments in the abdomen of each, I believe they are both males.

I'd like to hear from any experts out there.

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OMG! OMG! Great series! I had no idea this wonderful creatures were so vicious to their own kind. Let me say it one more time OMG! Lovely lighting too!

BTW I love your quote in your siggy. Can I borrow it? ;o)

Thank you! The green mantis wasn't really very photogenic; not very "contrasty" and in the sun the head was bright and almost translucent, so it looked blown-out in several shots.

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Aug 07, 2010 10:45 |  #8

Submit the images to bugguide.net. I am sure they would love those shots!


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Aug 07, 2010 12:57 |  #9

that is so sad :(

love #6 great composition and the "head" :)

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Aug 07, 2010 13:36 |  #10

Woah, that is simply awesome.

What a series there. :D

Loved the head gone.




  
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Aug 07, 2010 13:39 |  #11

GOLDENORFE wrote in post #10678385 (external link)
that is so sad :(

They started off pretty far apart, and I was planning on catching some flies, moths, or crickets to feed them both.

Then the green one started creeping slowly toward the other. I don't know how they detect one another; the brown one was perfectly still.

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Loved the head gone.

I'm glad the head went early. At first it looked like the eating was going to start mid-body, and the brown mantis was fluttering its wings and trying to put up a fight. Would have been a hard way to go.


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Aug 07, 2010 16:43 |  #12

brilliant series, I live the ones with the head being ripped off!

once more, excellent!


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Aug 07, 2010 17:08 |  #13

Joe Ravenstein wrote in post #10677570 (external link)
I believe the praying mantis is the species in which the female after mating eats the male mantis. I might be mistaken so feel free to correct me.

That's true for several insect and spider species, AFAIK.


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Aug 07, 2010 20:30 |  #14

Amazing series!


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Aug 08, 2010 01:36 |  #15

Very nice series, really like the lighting on the first one!




  
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