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Newly Molted Mantis

Newly Molted Mantis

Subject: white praying mantis
Location: tanzania
October 15, 2014 3:56 am
Hi there,
We found this praying mantis on our door in tanzania, it wasn’t very large but the lack of pigmentation made it intriguing. It was in September in Iringa, Tanzania, East Africa. Wondered if you could be of help!
Signature: Ryan

Dear Ryan,
We believe the reason this Mantis is so light is that it is freshly molted and its exoskeleton has still not hardened and darkened.  Furthermore, we are unable to identify its species as it is an immature specimen.

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Female Carolina Mantis

Female Carolina Mantis

Subject: Mantis?
Location: Tree in Maryland
October 12, 2014 4:47 pm
I was taking my students outside and we saw this “bug” on a tree. Is it a type of Mantis?
Signature: Mr. Burk

Dear Mr. Burk,
You are correct that this is a Mantis.  We believe it is a female Carolina Mantis based on its resemblence to this individual posted to BugGuide.

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Female California Mantis eats Monarch

Female California Mantis eats Monarch

Subject: Preying Mantis: eat, prey, love
Location: South Pasadena, CA
October 11, 2014 6:49 pm
Hello Daniel. Although I have a good population of mantises and monarchs, these were unusual sights for me. Only time I’ve ever seen a mantis eat a monarch, and only the second time I’ve seen the headless mating. This was last month, within the same week, and I think the same female mantis.
Signature: Barbara

Mating California Mantids with headless male

Mating California Mantids with headless male

Hi Barbara,
We get numerous wonderful submissions each day, but your submission with its excellent images is one of the best we have received in quite some time.  We believe these are native California Mantids,
Stagmomantis californica, and you can compare your female to this image on BugGuide.  The headless mating is is quite some documentation.

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Subject: Mantis
Location: Desert Umm Al Quwain, United Arab Emirates
September 6, 2014 9:17 pm
Hi, can you identify this mantis…including gender?
Signature: Martin



Dear Martin,
While we are unable at this time to provide you with a species identification, we are guessing that due to the length of the wings and the narrowness of the body that this is a male Mantis.

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Subject: Preying Mantis
July 6, 2014 4:17 pm
A friend opened a pool side umbrella and says many, many tiny preying mantis scurried out from inside the umbrella.  Could this be possible?  Where are the eggs typically laid?  I have seen adult preying mantis in my holly bush but it is a distance from the swimming pool umbrella.  I searched “The Curious World of Bugs” but could not find any information.
Signature: Kris Dorka

Mantis Ootheca Hatching

Mantis Ootheca Hatching (from our archive)

Dear Kris Dorka,
Are you my Aunt?  You did not provide a location for the sighting.  Preying Mantids lay eggs in a frothy mass known as an Ootheca, and once the mass hardens, it provides insulation and other protection for the eggs it contains.  Each Ootheca can have several hundred eggs, and when it is time for the hatchlings to emerge, they erupt from the ootheca.  Mom is coming to visit in August, but we haven’t determined a date yet.  I’m looking forward to the Hungarian Wax Peppers she usually brings me.  She often sends a box or two when they are in season as well.  I’ve occasionally found them in Los Angeles, but they don’t taste the
P.S.  If we are related, I will send my personal email address which gets much less mail than What’s That Bug?

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Subject: Praying Mantis eating a Cricket?
Location: East Rochester, New York
May 10, 2014 6:50 pm
Hi guys,
I saw this praying mantis eating some sort of bug and immediately thought of your site and the occasional bug on bug carnage pics that would be featured, so here you go! The second picture is some other bug at the same location that I see once in a while. It’s probably not a shield bug but is kinda close in shape. Both pictures were taken mid to late September 2013. And thank you for the great website it helped us identify the house centipedes we have and made them a little less creepy to encounter!
Signature: Veronica

Preying Mantis eats Cricket

Preying Mantis eats Cricket

Hi Veronica,
Thanks for sending us your documentation of a Preying Mantis eating a Cricket, however we want to correct one misconception in your email.  We do not consider anything to be “bug on bug carnage.”  We don’t believe the lower beasts kill one another without good reason, like for food or to defend themselves.  Rather, we have a Food Chain tag that includes images of insects or other creatures preying upon others for food, and we have an Unnecessary Carnage tag reserved for humans, who out of ignorance, kill lower beasts because of fear, misconception or just plain torture.  Your second image is an invasive, exotic Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

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