Posts Tagged ‘brown’

Evening Light

I just found out from my son that I goofed on the identification of this insect. It’s a mantis fly, not a praying mantis. I didn’t even know there was such an insect. The abdomen shape differs between the two. The veining of the wings of a mantis fly’s wings is square and is long in a praying mantis’).

I usually see green or brown praying mantises,

… and this one turned out to be a mantis fly.

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This one doesn’t fit in either color category.

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It looks like it molted recently and is waiting for its exoskeleton to dry.

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Praying Mantis

I just learned something I didn’t know:

 brown praying mantids are found in dry environments,

and green praying mantids are found in wet enviroments.

So, how do I explain the color of the one below that I just photographed this evening?

Adults molt (shed their exoskeleton) up to ten times until they’re full grown. So, I figure this one must have just shed and will return to the its normal color soon.

(All the pictures in this blog were taken in my yard in previous years, except the one above.)

We also have Chinese mantids in southern Illinois.

I came across this picture of a mantis nymph.

My sons would get in trouble when they were young and brought critters of all kinds in the house. This time, though, it was me who didn’t know what I’d brought home. (This was many years ago.)

 I placed one on the windowsill over the kitchen sink.

The other one went on the portable dishwasher.

Well, one morning I got up and found my window sill a busy place with a LOT of newly hatched praying mantids! And how do you round up so many tiny critters? (The top egg mass is from a praying mantis, the one above is from Chinese mantid.)

A few days later, I got up and found baby mantids on and all over inside of the dishwasher.

I couldn’t blame anybody but myself. Obviously, I won’t do that again.