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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Juan's Aeonium 3

The potted aeonium was moved from the front porch to behind the back gate, and who shows up on it but this young mantis. This was my second sighting of these little mantids, and my guess is one of the nursery plants we recently brought in must have had an egg case (oothecum) on it. These nymphs are darker and have markings unlike the drabbish Tenodera aridifolia sinensis (Chinese mantids) that hatched last June from two purchased ootheca. Anyway, Juan my neighbor's aeonium continues to be something of a magnet for interesting critters and always a pretty setting for a photo.

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