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PostSubject: found ant mantis nymphs   8/22/2009, 10:11 am

found two ant mantis nymphs but released them because they were too small and I have no food small enough for them.

1st nymph





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They are completely black when just born


(These 4 were found a few weeks before I found the 1st 2)
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PostSubject: Re: found ant mantis nymphs   8/22/2009, 11:57 am

Awesome! awesome

Mantids rock. Whereabouts did you find them?

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PostSubject: Re: found ant mantis nymphs   8/26/2009, 8:31 am

Mr. Mordax wrote:
Awesome! awesome

Mantids rock. Whereabouts did you find them?

They were on top of leaves Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: found ant mantis nymphs   8/26/2009, 11:03 am

I'm guessing from some of your other posts that those leaves were growing in Malaysia?

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PostSubject: Re: found ant mantis nymphs   8/26/2009, 12:45 pm

Awesome and interesting find! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: found ant mantis nymphs   8/28/2009, 3:33 am

wow I didnt even know they existed!
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PostSubject: Re: found ant mantis nymphs   8/28/2009, 11:42 pm

Supercool. Have you had success keeping them? Where do these mantis live? I've never met one in person before. Lol.
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PostSubject: Re: found ant mantis nymphs   8/29/2009, 12:23 am

Very cool mantids you found there
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PostSubject: Re: found ant mantis nymphs   8/29/2009, 8:38 am

rafiqos wrote:
Supercool. Have you had success keeping them? Where do these mantis live? I've never met one in person before. Lol.

I did not have anything small enough for them to eat, so i released them.But once I found an adult female that laid an ootheca.The ootheca hatched and I released the nymphs Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: found ant mantis nymphs   8/29/2009, 1:47 pm

Isn't there a specie that loooks like ants as nymphs, then they look like scorpions as adults?
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PostSubject: Re: found ant mantis nymphs   8/29/2009, 2:08 pm

A lot of species look like ants as nymphs. Probably handy, as ants tend to attack en masse so looking like one may help keep the predators away.

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PostSubject: Re: found ant mantis nymphs   8/29/2009, 6:39 pm

I wonder how that evolved.

I don't understand how evolution works when it comes to camoflauge.

There had to be a first one that looked like a flower, ant, leaf, twig to survive and pass that trait.
Didn't there?
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PostSubject: Re: found ant mantis nymphs   8/30/2009, 1:05 pm

yeah, I don't get how they "know" what to look like for camouflauge... it's weird.
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