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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Pointy-Eyed Mantid

This little fella was very tiny and more of a hopper. I only noticed it becasue it didn't move like the grasshopper I thought it was at first sight.

When I got close, I realised it wasn't a European mantid nymph because of the eye shape. I submitted it to the BugGuide under Yersinops, a Larimer County Bug Hound found a similar mantid, but as I mentioned in my submission, I thought it might be a ground Litaneutria minor (Scudder) which I read about in Bagging Big Bugs p 59 by Cranshaw and Kondratieff.
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Beautifull photos!! Congratulations on your work, love it!

Hypatia said...

Wow, thanks! I'm always vaguely surprised that yet another person likes looking at bugs with me.