One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

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Mystery #167

 

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carolina mantis eating

As one of our regular readers said, it is a good bug eating bad bugs! That’s the life of the Carolina Mantis, a predator you humans often call a praying mantis. If you’ve ever encountered one, you know those front limbs are lines with little barbs, perfect for catching and holding insects.

carolina-mantis

This female has colored herself gray to blend with her surroundings. She can’t change frequently, like a chameleon, but can adjust color when she grows and molts her exoskeleton, up until she is full grown. And how do we know this is a female? Size is one way, the females are larger than the males. But a more certain way to tell is the wings. On a full-grown female, they extend only 3/4 of the way along the abdomen, leaving her tail end exposed.

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5 thoughts on “One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

  1. We don’t see many mantises here in SC PA any more. It’s a treat to get to see one now. Good bugs that eat bad bugs, and don’t necessarily bite off the heads of their mates. It’s a good picture.

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