Today we have arthropods and mammals, covering many bases of our readers’ interests. The arthropod pictures come from Al Denelsbeck, who shows a more extensive sequence of the molting mantis at his website, Walkabout. His notes:
Attached are five photos: four of a Chinese mantis (Tenodera aridifolia sinensis) and one of an unidentified cicada – I tried to pin down the species but have had no luck yet. These were two of four specimens all molting into adults at about the same time, all within 8 meters of each other. I unfortunately missed the very beginning of all of them. Shooting them took place over four hours this past Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, mostly sprawled on the ground.
Of special note is the following photo of the mantis, which shows one hind leg flexing creepily while the mantis works it free. Also visible are the empty wing cases, and the…
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