Tag Archives: March Mantid Madness

Update to previous post: Unlikely Sisters

Written by Joe Ballenger We try to keep track of new developments with the posts we write, so that people can keep up with what’s going on in science. So if there’s a really significant update to something we’ve written … Continue reading

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The Last of the March Mantids: High School Steroptypes!

Written by Nancy Miorelli and Joe Ballenger It’s the end of the month, and our March Mantids theme month seems to have been a pretty big success. It was a lot of fun for us, because we got to talk … Continue reading

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Crouching Tiger … Fighting Mantis

Written by Nancy Miorelli I love this project because sometimes we get completely  random but interesting questions. Like where Mantis Kung Fu came from. Turns out there’s two distinct styles and many sub styles within them, so the answer is … Continue reading

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Mantids and Cannibalism: a Surprisingly Complicated Affair.

Written by Joe Ballenger Mantises, as we’ve seen, are interesting animals with a lot more going on than what it seems. They’re efficient predators which have an evolutionary history that many wouldn’t suspect, and they have their own weird biological … Continue reading

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The Daily Catch: Patience and Spring Traps

Written by Nancy Miorelli The other day I received an email from a former student about the persistence and strength demonstrated by praying mantises. Yes, she did say birds. It is pretty amazing when you think about how mantises can capture … Continue reading

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Unlikely Sisters – Roaches and Mantises

Written by Nancy Miorelli Cockroaches (Blattodea) and Mantises (Mantodea). They’re both insects. They’ve got their six legs, three segmented body parts, and a Johnston’s organ which guarantee them a spot in the class Insecta. But as it turns out, they’re more closely … Continue reading

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Why do Mantids Only Have One Ear?

Written by Joe Ballenger In my opinion, one of the more interesting questions about mantids we received concerns how they hear. As humans, we have two independently functioning ears which are located on our head. This works very well for … Continue reading

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