Of mantises and myths
- WHERE DO THEY GO? Churchman, Deborah // Ranger Rick;Jan2002, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p32
Details the behavior of several animals during winter. Presence of springtails under fallen leaves; Formation of egg case by the praying mantis; Gathering of ladybugs under rock piles and fallen leaves.
- Mate attraction by females in a sexually cannibalistic praying mantis. Lelito, Jonathan; Brown, William // Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology;Dec2008, Vol. 63 Issue 2, p313
We studied mate attraction by females of the praying mantid, Tenodera aridifolia sinensis, testing honest signaling of mate availability versus deceptive signaling to attract males for sexual cannibalism. We experimentally varied female diet and mating history and measured the rate of attraction...
- Cues Used in Patch Selection by Praying Mantis Nymphs (Mantodea, Mantidae). Wilder, Shawn M.; Rypstra, Ann L. // American Midland Naturalist;Jan2005, Vol. 153 Issue 1, p187
Visual and chemical cues may provide predators with information on the abundance and quality of prey in a particular area. In a laboratory study we investigated if general cues of prey and prey habitat had an effect on the patch selection and orientation of Chinese praying mantis nymphs...
- THE PRAYING MANTIS. // Ralph;Apr2004, p55
Describes the similarity between the male praying mantis and a man. Characteristics of a praying mantis; Views of a male praying mantis on his mate; Attitude of Lorena Bobbitt toward her husband.
- A new species of Dystacta Saussure, 1871 from Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda (Insecta, Mantodea, Dystactinae). Tedrow, Riley; Nathan, Kabanguka; Richard, Nasasira; Svenson, Gavin J. // ZooKeys;2014, Issue 410, p1
A recent targeted entomological survey in the Republic of Rwanda has produced two conspecific male and female specimens of an undescribed species of praying mantis (Mantodea). The specimens were collected in Nyungwe National Park in May of 2013. The species is closest morphologically to Dystacta...
- CHAPTER 5: Praying Mantises. Lawlor, Elizabeth P. // Discover Nature Around the House;2003, p91
This chapter discusses the characteristics of praying mantises. The mantis is a slow-moving insect whose legs are not built for jumping or high-speed running in search of a meal. However, it has evolved into a stellar predator due to some very effective adaptations. As an insect, a praying...
- Surprise attack! // U+S+ Kids;Mar94, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p19
Gives details on the praying mantis. Feeding behavior; Body structure; Classifications.
- The devil's riding horse. Teyssier, Jean-Claude; Schneider, Dan // Canadian Geographic;Jul/Aug97, Vol. 117 Issue 4, p44
Focuses on the praying mantis which frightened and fascinated people for centuries. Mantis as a great help with backyard biocontrol; Classification and origin of mantis; How they mate; Ways in which they prey other insects.
- Male mating behaviour reduces the risk of sexual cannibalism in an Australian praying mantid. Barry, Katherine L.; Holwell, Gregory I.; Herberstein, Marie E. // Journal of Ethology;Sep2009, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p377
In cases where sexual cannibalism represents a sexual conflict, we should expect to find male traits that reduce the risk of cannibalism. In fact, a wide variety of such traits have been proposed, including elaborate courtship displays, cautious approach behaviours, and opportunistic mating...