Thursday, April 09, 2009
Mantids after their Skeletons Harden
These are two of the Stagmomantis californica nymphs after their exoskeletons have hardened and now you can see the striped markings on them. The first one climbed to the tip of a Sedum nussbaumerianum leaf, posed there for a few moments before hopping onto the acacia itiaphylla swaying overhead. They are very good jumpers.
The second one kept trying to reach the next senecio leaf by stretching its tiny body; then finally and easily made the leap.