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.


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.


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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