Chinese Mantis 2

22 10 2009
Chinese Mantis - Ken Mirman

Chinese Mantis - Ken Mirman

Not sure what it is about Quaker Ridge but the place seems to be covered in mantis. Having seen exactly one that I remember previously, I have seen about a dozen or so here this fall. Pretty cool stuff, especially if you have an ace macro attachment on your camera. Thanks for the picture Ken, and for keeping me remotely sane through the slow days at the watch.





Mantis Attack!!!!

29 09 2009

Chinese Manitis - Luke Tiller

Chinese Manitis - Luke Tiller

Whilst out perusing the bugs on my Mountain Mint I noticed a large Chinese Mantis tucked away in the deep foliage.  The Chinese Mantis is an introduced species to the US that was brought here for its pest control properties. How much value it really was though is questionable as it also kills beneficial insects. Anyway here is a cool picture I snapped as it tracked down some lunch in the form of a grasshopper (anyone know the ID?) I looked up some info on BugGuide.net (a cool site recommended to me by naturalist at Quaker Ridge Ted Gilman) and American Bird Grasshopper seemed to match quite well, but I am not certain.