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Postby dodecahedron on Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:20 am

OK so me and the wife and the lil' one and some family went on a trip last weekend. went to see a dog show.
on the way back we stopped to dine in a restaurant on the Gilboa mountain, just about in the middle of no-where.
we were sitting on the porch of the restaurant and it was partly open to the air around (wonderful view). suddenly i notice this little bugger on my knee!

my wife's cousin's boyfriend said this is a male, according to the spots and coloring - that's to attract females.
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here is a close up of the fella.
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here you see him perched on my knee
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Postby LoneWolf on Thu Apr 14, 2005 10:54 am

Wow, the ones I've seen in the States are all solid light green. I wonder if there are some subspecies.

They're pretty large in size here when you find one, but that one looks HUGE. :o
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Postby Alejandra on Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:48 pm

Nice photos, cool insect 8)
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Postby MediumRare on Thu Apr 14, 2005 5:28 pm

Alejandra wrote:Nice photos, cool insect 8)

I'll second that. Nice closeup! I haven't seen any of these in the wild yet but will keep my eyes open. :o

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Postby rc213 on Thu Apr 14, 2005 6:47 pm

Nice pics, quite Freaky looking.
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Postby bill on Thu Apr 14, 2005 6:56 pm

Very nice pics, Dodec

Never seen a mantis that looks like that so I tried google to find a name.
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Couldn't find any that looks just like your fella but was surprised at all the different subspecies.
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Postby dodecahedron on Thu Apr 14, 2005 9:13 pm

thanks.

yeah, all the Mantis i've seen so far were all-green. this was a first for me.
like i said, my relative said the coloring (white spots and spotted hues of green) aren't permanent, but have to do with the mating season. well, i didn't know they change their appearance, but maybe it's correct.

i think he was about 3 or 3.5 inches long.

as a matter of fact they're quite common around here, and i've even had some enter our house a few times in the past. the wife freaked out :)

yeah, insects are very varied. more so than any other family of species as i understand.
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Postby dodecahedron on Tue Oct 10, 2006 4:57 am

well, the wife, lil' one and i went on a holiday to Eilat (that's a resort city on the Red Sea).
maybe i'll post some nature pics from that in another topic.

but on the way back we stayed one night in a desert motel, and next morning we met this fella on the floor near the entrance to the room.
very well camouflaged on the floor tiles!
a smaller specimen than the one from the previous pictures, i'd say about 2 inches long.

my son started touching him with the finger LOL tried to move him. he didn't budge much. i think i would've been afraid of getting nipped!
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