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May. 28, 2013

Mantis: the Myth, the Legend

by The Bug Chicks

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During the spring and summer months we're bombarded by questions about praying mantises as teachers, students, and home gardeners across America wait for their mantid egg cases to hatch.  
 
Do the females always eat the males after mating? How many immature mantids emerge from an egg case? Are they dangerous? Do they really eat anything they catch? Do they need to be separated after hatching?
 
Not to worry! We packed facts, stories, and anecdotes about the mantid insect order Mantodea into the following video, created for Texas A&M University's Department of Entomology. We explain mantid biology, distribution, and behaviors, and explore these insects' impact on human culture in a fun section on Mantis Kung Fu. (We learned a Kung Fu sequence from Sifu Joe Wieland at the Portland Shaolin Center.) Also, watch for the mating part! It isn't what you think...
 
About The Bug Chicks

Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker are The Bug Chicks. They each have Masters Degrees in Entomology and love to teach people about insects and spiders.

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