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 day was this giant praying mantis (oo-kamakiri).

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Class: Insecta; Order: Mantodea; Family: Mantidae
oo-kamakiri = Japanese Giant Mantis
Tenodera aridifolia

Link to Google map: here
(Note: The map does not show this reservoir because it’s a new one.)

3 thoughts on “Mantis at Ikeura Dam

  1. Hello, I love your website (I even put a link to your website on my blog). This week I found a Mantis in my garden, well actually I rescued it from my Beagle puppy who thought it might make a good toy for her. I was surprised that ‘we’ found a Mantis this late in the year in our garden. After rescuing it (she is pretty gentle with things) I put it on a hanging flower basket that we have, which usually attracts little bee-like flies and butterflies to it. I immediately thought to check your website to see how long these creatures live, since I thought they died off in the autumn and I was surprised to see your post here Nov 25th that you also found a Mantis recently. I just checked our flower basket today again (Dec 3rd) and the Mantis is still hanging around on it. We noticed a few days ago some insects buzzing around the flowers and the Mantis was intently watching them. I suppose it has been getting something to eat this week. I have posted some photos and comments about it on my blog if you are interested in looking! (www.ptsrainbowtalkstory.blogspot.com)

    Terri Nakamura

  2. Hi Terri,
    Thanks for your comment and link. It sounds like your mantis will survive for a bit longer! I found some more today (December 3rd) but they were looking really tired and tatty. Probably won’t live much longer – another couple of cold nights will kill them off I guess…
    I’ll check out your blog soon.
    Cheers,
    Nigel

  3. Fantastic kamakiri! They really are majesthetic creatures!
    By the way, I would like to do link exchange with you! Your site is beautiful.

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