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Dead Leaf Mantis by melvynyeo Dead Leaf Mantis by melvynyeo
Mantids may have a visual range of up to 20 metres. Their compound eyes may comprise up to 10,000 ommatidia. The eyes are widely spaced and laterally situated, affording a wide binocular field of vision) and, at close range, precise stereoscopic vision. The dark spot on each eye is a pseudopupil. As their hunting relies heavily on vision, mantids are primarily diurnal. Many species will however fly at night, and then may be attracted to artificial lights. Nocturnal flight is especially important to males in search of less-mobile females that they locate by detecting their pheromones. Flying at night exposes mantids to fewer bird predators than diurnal flight would. Many mantises also have an auditory thoracic organ that helps them to avoid bats by detecting their echolocation and responding evasively.

Mantids can be loosely categorized as being macropterous (long-winged), brachypterous (short-winged), micropterous (vestigial-winged), or apterous (wingless). If not wingless, a mantis will have two sets of wings: the outer wings, or tegmina, are usually narrow, opaque, and leathery. They function as camouflage and as a shield for the hind wings. The hind wings are much broader, more delicate, and transparent. They are the main organs of flight, if any. Brachypterous species are at most minimally capable of flight, other species not at all. Even in many macropterous species the female is much heavier than the male, has much shorter wings, and rarely takes flight if she is capable of it at all.

The abdomen of all mantises consist of ten tergites with a corresponding set of nine sternites visible in males and seven visible in females. The slim abdomen of most males allows them to take flight more easily while the thicker abdomen of the females houses the reproductive machinery for generating the ootheca. The abdomen of both sexes ends in a pair of cerci.

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morningstarskid Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Professional Artist
Ahhh....they fly at night.....any vocal sounds?..(other than the wings?):D GREAT STUFF DUDE...LOVE THESE CREATURES..WE HERE IN NEW JERSEY...ALSO HAVE FIRE ANTS....WICKED PACK FIGHTERS....
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HotDeidara Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
how do you get all these shots?
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Weekly macro in the forest :)
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HotDeidara Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
woah, whats a macro?
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Macro is closeup in photography. Me and a group of friends went to the forest weekly to shoot insects :)
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HotDeidara Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
and you have such a wide variety of bugs to take pictures of? and all in a forest? what do you do over the winter then? lol
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
:) I live in the tropics, warm, hot and moist all year-round! :)
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HotDeidara Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I'm jealous now, its so cold here, but that does explain the wide variety.
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SkyeGriffith Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Mantis' have always been my favorite insects and I love looking at all the different species.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Glad you like it :)
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