Discussion in 'Invertebrates General' started by ajvw, Oct 3, 2006.
Betsy found this really cool stick insect this morning:
Way to go Betsy, they are so cool looking!!!
They are definately an oddity.
We were camping a couple of years ago in a pine forest and the darn things were everywhere!
A northern walking stick (Diapheromera femorata). Male I believe. Good find
OK, Matt, how do you know it's male? Those thingies on its behind? Give me some good vocabulary words so i can sound like I know what I'm talking about, lol! (The Latin name helps with that too -- thanks!)
It was right on our front door. Walking sticks and praying mantises seem to enjoy it there for some reason. (Maybe because I always forget and leave the porch light on, attracting insects for them to eat?)
Males of this species are thin and brown. Females are larger and have more of a green tint to them, so it's not as fancy of a sexing method as you may have hoped, lol. The thingies on it's behind are calle cerci though
Mantids would definately be attracted to porch insects, but stick insects eat the leaves of deciduous trees (picky eaters they are too!). In your area you'll see both Chinese mantids and the much smaller Carolina mantid. Technically speaking, the term "mantis" can only accurately be used for mantids in the genus Mantis. All other mantids are, well, mantids. But nobody really cares, lol, as both terms are often used. Chinese mantids are Tenodera sinensis and Carolina mantids are Stagmomantis carolina and they're very easy to tell apart.
"Technically speaking, the term "mantis" can only accurately be used for mantids in the genus Mantis. All other mantids are, well, mantids. But nobody really cares"
I think *somebody* cares!
We have BIG mantids on our porch. And once we had LOTS of tiny mantids in our house, because someone left the lid off the container that held the egg case, and they hatched! That was exciting.
very cool! thanks for sharing.
Great find Betsy!! And thanks for the info Matt, I definatley care!!! Youre full all this info about pretty much every animal thats ever lived, Its very impressive
Well you wanted some vocabulary ....although that's really more in the "trivia" category....oh well, lol.
Those huge mantids are Chinese. Carolinas max out at 3 inches long, and have a different body structure and color pattern.
Awesome find Betsy!
I'm just giving you a hard time, Matt. I'm one of those people who cares about all kinds of little things, just because it's interesting to find things out. I always was made fun of in school... But I didn't care about THAT all that much!
lol, didn't you know? I'm a leading authority on giving people a hard time
I didn't miss that, actually... I miss a lot of things -- like I have no idea what music is "cool" anymore, or what shows are on TV these days, etc. But I caught on to you right away.
If I like it, then it's cool. It's that simple really. Cool just meant "slightly cold" until I was born
It's illegal to get almost any kind of mantid in canada and stick insects need a permit too...it's just too bad nobody up here enforces it cause they'd make a TON of money catching and fining everyone.
We had a flower mantid, african mantid and a chinese mantid in our entomology class the other day, as well as a "leaf insect" (aka walking insect) as well as males and females of another variety of leaf insect. I wish we had cool things here in alberta...
oh wait, we do, they're called bellostomatids! Giant water insects (like 3 inches long or so, I'm bad with american measurements) that have a REALLY nasty bite.
Lucky you though, darn you and your snow absent locality!
You mean these things?
Princess Sophia eating a smaller waterbug.
If not that same one then one in the same genus, I believe. Ours are a bit darker and I think perhaps bigger than that.
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