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Another Mantis

The Chinese mantis (Tenodera sinensis)

a nice portrait

But hold on, he has got a bad eye...lets have a closer look:

This is a species of mantis native to Hong Kong and Asia.

I have read that in 1896 this species was accidentally introduced by a nurseryperson at Mt. Airy near Philadelphia, United States. ... and now they live there too. These mantids have been observed eating the larvae of monarch butterflies, while discarding the entrails. Fussy eaters, eh? and clearly not really a Chinese mantis, as in my experience in China, they eat everything; lungs, entrails and other bits served up with relish (no, not the sauce).


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