Out early trying unsuccessfully to capture the morning fog, I saw more than one Mantis on the same rose.
The object of their affections:
By their far slimmer shape, I am assuming two potential boyfriends, one brown...
...both understandably wary. Courtship is often fatal for the male Mantis. Note wary green boyfriend at extreme right:
I left them to their fates, noting only that the name of the rose is, appropriately, 'Easy Does It'
Never saw them before. Great captured Hoover.ReplyDelete
Have a wonderful weekend.
Thank you Marijke, you too!Delete
Great observation! I once saw a similar situation, but one that was a bit more advanced than yours: all three were shall we say "joined".ReplyDelete
I believe the female-eats-male-afterwards scenario has been shown to be quite uncommon. Only when food is not readily available will the male become some. At least I think that's the latest I heard (sometime in the last few years).
Oh dear, good thing I left early!Delete
I have read that they have sensors in their hind legs that allow them to function without a head. Presumably not for long as they still have to eat :)ReplyDelete
Double oh dear, very, very glad I left early...Delete