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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Mantises

Order Mantodea


Mantises are predatory insects best well-known for their kungfu or praying stance. Mantises are closely related to cockroaches. Large green mantises are not unfamiliar to Singaporeans. The name Giant Asian Mantis is given to a number of species. Hierodula patellifera is one such species. It is recognised by the two white spines on each of the inner arms.


Giant Asian Mantis (Hierodula patellifera) at Sengkang ©Tan KH


Ant mantis (Odontomantis planiceps?) ©Eddy Lee


Left: Mating. Right: NTU ©Eddy Lee


Chestnut Trail ©Eddy Lee


Chestnut Trail ©Eddy Lee


Left: Pulau Ubin ©Con Foley. Right: MacRitchie ©Danny Lau


Left: Baby Mantis ©Sylvia Chua. Right: Caught in spider web at Mandai Orchid Garden ©Lau SY

References
http://rmbr.nus.edu.sg/nis/bulletin2009/2009nis55-61.pdf
http://rmbr.nus.edu.sg/nis/bulletin2008/2008nis211-214.pdf

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