Under The Hedge

Plants, fungi, mantids, inverts, pretty pictures, interesting facts.
fyeahmantodea:

Any more images of this mantis? Cryptic species are the best.

A cryptic Pseudacanthops sp. or at least summat in the Acanthopidae.
fyeahmantodea google that for more pictures.

fyeahmantodea:

Any more images of this mantis? Cryptic species are the best.

A cryptic Pseudacanthops sp. or at least summat in the Acanthopidae.

fyeahmantodea google that for more pictures.

(Source: exoticmatter)

SO I FINALLY STARTED SEPARATING OUT MY BABY P. IRMINIAS AND THAT’S 59 SO FAR BECAUSE I RAN OUT OF POTS AND I THINK THERE’S STILL LIKE 40 IN THE MOTHER’S TUB STILL AND THERE’S 10 IN THAT CRICKET TUB AND OMG SO MANY BABBIES I CRAI WITH HAPPY

biomorphosis:

Female Mantis is also known as a sexual cannibal. During intercourse, the female bites off the males head. Decapitated, his dying spasm increase the amount of sperm delivered and then devours his corpse for nourishment.

Except, while this can happen it is not actually how it’s meant to go.
Sometimes a hungry female will just eat a male.
Sometimes part way through mating she’ll decide that “actually you’d make a great snack” at which point a male’s remaining body can continue mating because, like other insects, they have nerve bundles throughout their bodies. The walking legs may get information and instructions from the head, but their local nerves can handle all the walking business all by themselves.
The high prevalence of sexual cannibalism in mantids seems mostly to be from a study that was poorly done with stressed mantids, under more natural conditions canibalism rates drop (though it’s by no means uncommon still).
This poor male was set up for the worst possible approach. He didn’t even see the female in front of him and he walked straight into her, triggering a feeding response. She’s looking pretty skinny and all.

biomorphosis:

Female Mantis is also known as a sexual cannibal. During intercourse, the female bites off the males head. Decapitated, his dying spasm increase the amount of sperm delivered and then devours his corpse for nourishment.

Except, while this can happen it is not actually how it’s meant to go.

Sometimes a hungry female will just eat a male.

Sometimes part way through mating she’ll decide that “actually you’d make a great snack” at which point a male’s remaining body can continue mating because, like other insects, they have nerve bundles throughout their bodies. The walking legs may get information and instructions from the head, but their local nerves can handle all the walking business all by themselves.

The high prevalence of sexual cannibalism in mantids seems mostly to be from a study that was poorly done with stressed mantids, under more natural conditions canibalism rates drop (though it’s by no means uncommon still).

This poor male was set up for the worst possible approach. He didn’t even see the female in front of him and he walked straight into her, triggering a feeding response. She’s looking pretty skinny and all.

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jayrockin:

victoriousvocabulary:

POLLYWOG [aka POLLIWOG]

[noun]

a tadpole; a larval frog or toad; also known as porwigle.

Etymology: variant of polliwig, from Middle English polwigle, from  pol (“head”; see poll) + wiglen (“to wiggle”).

[Eiko Jones]

this is best etymology i have ever heard in my whole life

Oh shit yeah! These photos are amazing.

Also tadpole is from the same “poll = head” and the tad part if just from the word toad.
It just means toad-head cos it looks like a toad’s head minus the rest of it.

(via spidersrlife)

Adult male and female Acanthops erosula, stunning mantids and waaay bigger than the IGM151s going about the other year.

Grumpy female Deroplatys dessicata.

Acanthops erosula adult female.
I got 4 nymphs of these and I’m so pleased about it because Acanthops spp.my body is ready.

Adult female Acromantis formosana… I need these.

mothmonarch:

anonwulf46:

sarcasticmisanthropicvegan:

be kind to all animals

Insects aren’t animals

False. The class “Insecta” does fall under “Animalia.” Insects are animals.

If they’re not animals, what are they then? Incredibly lively plants? Fungi with ideas above their station?
Then again, there’s a lot of people don’t think fish are meat, so at least it’s not as wrong as that.

mothmonarch:

anonwulf46:

sarcasticmisanthropicvegan:

be kind to all animals

Insects aren’t animals

False. The class “Insecta” does fall under “Animalia.” Insects are animals.

If they’re not animals, what are they then? Incredibly lively plants? Fungi with ideas above their station?

Then again, there’s a lot of people don’t think fish are meat, so at least it’s not as wrong as that.

(via vita-insectum)

awkwardsituationist:

the waitomo caves of new zealand’s northern island, formed two million years ago from the surrounding limestone bedrock, are home to an endemic species of bioluminescent fungus gnat (arachnocampa luminosa, or glow worm fly) who in their larval stage produce silk threads from which to hang and, using a blue light emitted from a modified excretory organ in their tails, lure in prey who then become ensnared in sticky droplets of mucus.

photos from spellbound waitomo tours, forevergone, blue polaris, and martin rietze. (more cave photos) (more bioluminescence photos)

(via faephobia)