Sunday, August 9, 2009

Chinese Mantid (Tenodera aridifolia sinensis)

Today W was mowing part of the field to get rid of some sumac and cobbler’s peg plants that were beginning to flower. He noticed a mantid on one of the sumacs. We tried to photograph it on the sumac but it was very active and wouldn’t stay still. We’d move a branch to get a good shot and the mantid would move to another spot. It's a juvenile; it can’t fly yet. So…

We relocated it to a stick where it was a little difficult to hide.

And a full-face shot,

And some attitude...

Identification resources:

- BugGuide: Chinese Mantid (Tenodera aridifolia sinensis) [body] [face]
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