Stormlizard

Stormlizard

Posted on 03/29/2013


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Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa) Naod 60

Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa) Naod 60
Photographed on Naoshima, Okayama, Japan using Canon EOS 400 D SLR 17th October 2009

15 comments - The latest ones
Chs Serge
Chs Serge
Une mante religieuse, bien vu
4 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Oui, Merci mon Ami.
4 years ago.
scotsdave
scotsdave
That's a Chinese Mantis which is slightly larger than the US 'preying mantis'. The Chinese Mantis is around 8cm in length whereas the US Mantis is shorter, around 6cm.
Goes to show, not everything in the US is bigger LOL. :D
4 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Actually Dave it is a Japanese one and is 8 inches long, I photographed several shorter species in Naritasan north of Tokyo, they are similar to the ones found in New Zealand
4 years ago.
scotsdave
scotsdave
Looks like a Chinese Mantis! The only reason I know is because there was someone selling the eggs for different mantis' in ebay - for Reptile food!
I didn't know you could even get a `Japanese one. :)
I meant to say inches but for some reason I put cm's; by mistake.
4 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Actually they probably go under many names Dave, they are very common in S.China, Korea, most S E Asian countries too, not to forget USA, NZ etc. Normally they are green, but change to brownish in Autumn in some areas.
4 years ago.
scotsdave
scotsdave
They do go under various names...

Bud Winged Mantis
Parasphendale Agrionina

Chinese Mantis
Tenodera A Sinensis

Thistle/Devils Flower Mantis
Blepharopsis Mendica

Ghost Mantis
Phyllocrania Paradoxa

Devils Flower Mantis
Idolomantis Diabolica

Indian Flower Mantis
Creobroter sp.

Violin/Indian Rose Mantis
Gongylus Gongylodes

Dead Leaf Mantis
Deroplatys Sp.

Orchid Mantis
Hymenopus Coronatus

Spiny Flower Mantis
Pseudocreobotra Wahlbergii

Cryptic Mantis
Sybilla Pretiosa

These are the only ones i know of. Mantids if it's a group of Mantis. ;)
4 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Long list.
I've seen them in Japan, (A long and a short species), Korea, Hong Kong, Malasia, Thailand and photos from a friend in NZ (Short bodies species) and another in USA.
4 years ago.
scotsdave
scotsdave
LOL I guess it is. I was going to breed them for food for Rep's. I could have got the eggs for most of the above no problem and for only a few quid for ~6 or 8 but I discovered if I were to do that I'd have to break even or close down for winter time (due to the cold) as I was going to store them in the shed and no way would it be warm enough in there in winter.
The other idea was to get the eggs and sell the young, I know a shop that would have taken them in a second but that closed down.
In the end, I never bothered but there are people still selling mantis eggs and stick insects eggs in ebay as "reptile food".

I never did see the point in keeping a stick insect. you might as well just get a stick. it'd save feeding it! ;)
4 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
I think they, like Crickets etc, lay eggs in Autumn, they hatch in Spring, it is however possible that adult insects find a place to sleep through cold periods, need to read up on them. I do know that a friend in North Island NZ always has her house and garden shed full of them in spring. It is most likely the same on Hokkaido where the winters are far from being what we call mild. LOL
4 years ago.
scotsdave
scotsdave
I know they can withstand low temperatures but -20ºc, or lower, I think may just be a bit extreme. ;)
4 years ago.
Tanuki
Tanuki
Good shot of it.
4 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Thanks Alan.
4 years ago.
Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre
Not too keen on these creepy crawlies
3 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
It was on my arm at first, I moved it because the girls went all funny about it.
3 years ago.