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Subject: Mantid eating a minnow
Location: Evergreen Park, IL
November 23, 2013 1:36 pm
I always bring some mantids in before a hard freeze and then put the oothecae outside to help ensure future generations(usually after mating, the first three ootheca will be fertile but none afterward). The females can get quite hungry after laying their ootheca and will gladly eat a minnow. I don’t think you’ll see that in the wild though :-)
Signature: Ozzy

Mantid eats Minnow

Mantid eats Minnow

Hi Ozzy,
Thanks for sending us your photo of a Mantis eating a Minnow in captivity.  Your comment about the unlikeliness of seeing this in the wild struck a chord with us.  Just yesterday, while working in the yard, we thought about how man has affected the evolution of the creatures around us.  Often when we think of evolution, people get wrapped up in the origin of new species, but appearance and behavior of existing species also constitutes a type of evolution.  Since many insects, including many Mantids, only live a single season, it is possible to witness an evolutionary change during a single person’s life span.  If you continued to feed minnows to Mantids, and then included a bowl of water containing live minnows in your habitat, the Mantids might eventually learn to fish for those minnows.  Subsequent offspring might eventually carry the gene that includes the instinct to fish, and when those individuals are then released into the wild, they might eventually spawn a population of Fishing Mantids.  We realize this is a very far fetched scenario, however, we do believe that nurture affects nature.

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Unsure of type of creature found in San Diego, Ca area
Location: Mission Bay San Diego, Ca.
October 18, 2011 11:07 pm
Hello! I am hoping you can help me. I was in San Diego visiting my family and the kids were playing in the water at Mission Bay in San Diego. They found an interesting creature. They called it a Sea Horse when they were presenting it to us. However, as you can see this really isn’t a sea horse, even though it has a face like one. It’s body is rough and seems to be rigid. I have no idea what it is, do you know?
Signature: Hayes Girls

Pipefish

Dear Hayes Girls,
You found a Pipefish in the family Syngnathidae which also includes Sea Horses.  Here is a link to Aquatic Community with some information.  There is a wealth of other information on Pipefish on the internet.

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