Category Archives: Mantodea

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Acromantis japonica

This is a very small mantis — about 3cm long. Munakata, Japan. English name: Japanese boxer mantis Japanese name: hime-kamakiri Scientific name: Acromantis japonica

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Japanese boxer mantis

Class: Insecta; Order: Mantodea; Family: Mantidae hime-kamakiri = Japanese Boxer Mantis Acromantis japonica

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Mantis at Ikeura Dam

I went for a walk at Ikeura Dam with the kids this morning. The final week of November but the temperature was a balmy 18 degrees C. We saw plenty of butterflies and grasshoppers, but the best find of the … Continue reading

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Japanese Mantis

Insecta: Mantodea: Mantidae Tenodera angustipennis Japanese Mantis = chousen-kamakiri Location: path near Hyoutan Pond (map)

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Mantis snacking on a bug

Order: Mantodea; Family: Mantidae Statilia maculata = ko-kamakiri (Small Mantis)

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Mantid Nymphs

There are lots of mantid nymphs in the garden. They are only tiny at the moment, but they will become huge before the summer is over (well, at least the females will). Praying Mantids are among my favorite insects and … Continue reading

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Mantis

Some nice poses by a Japanese Mantis (kamakiri). Class: Insecta; Order: Mantodea; Family: Mantidae chousen-kamakiri = Japanese Mantis Tenodera angustipennis

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Stupid or brave?

This was one brave (or immensely stupid) fly! It just flew in and rested on the praying mantid’s wicked-looking foreleg. Well, I guess it was probably too small to even be noticed by the mantis, so it probably wasn’t ever … Continue reading

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Small Mantis

Information in Japanese on the different species of mantis in Japan: here at Wikipedia Order: Mantodea; Family: Mantidae Statilia maculata = ko-kamakiri (Small Mantis)

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Praying Mantis vs. Cicada

Aya (my daughter) called me into the garden to watch a praying mantis (hirabiro kamakiri) stalking an adult cicada (abura-semi) on the trunk of a tree. We watched for a while, but it didn’t seem possible that the mantis could … Continue reading

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