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Cicada vs Mantid in North Vernon, IN

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Cicada vs Mantid in North Vernon, IN

I think this is where to post the photos. Found them on a butterfly bush.

Date Posted: 2011-09-02 Comments: (2) Show Comments Hide Comments


Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2011-09-02 | Website:

Hi Kimberly,

Wow! What an amazing series of photos of a Chinese Mantid (Tenodera aridifolia) preying on a cicada. There is just enough "uneaten" cicada for us to identify it as a Tibicen tibicen (formerly Tibicen chloromerus) cicada. We have an actual video of a Preying Mantis overcoming and eating a cicada from Ohio. If you're so inclined check out the videos section under the behaviors category to check out the video entitled "Tibicen linnei Alarm Squawk". Thanks for sharing, nature is so cool!

Posted By: Jimmy Wu | On: 2011-09-02 | Website:

Looks like a very pregnant female Chinese mantid. This species need large amounts of food in order to produce offspring...that food often includes cicadas.

Great Pictures, very nice job.

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