Sunday, May 02, 2010

Baby Mantid comparisons

The baby S. limbatas from last week are already turning green, although they haven't had their first shed yet.

And they already have "that look". Like they're looking right at me.

This week, I found S. californica babies as well, so this is a good time to post pictures so you can see the difference in these two mantids as hatchlings. They are a little smaller, with shorter abdomens, and of course, the are always dark brown. It will take a couple of moults before they start to green up, or take on the prevailing color of their surroundings. Until then, their coloring makes them look a little bit like ants, which may deter predators from trying to eat them.

A different kind of "look" through some wild little eyes.

No sightings of Iris oratoria yet.

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