Over 11,000 animals were recorded at the last census, but now a menagerie of new exotic creatures are being added to the collection ahead of the opening of the PS30m Islands exhibit, which will include bizarre species such as dead leaf mantids
, Javan humphead lizards and tentacled snakes.
Female praying mantids
use sexual cannibalism as a foraging strategy to increase fecundity.
can turn their heads 180 degrees to scan their surroundings with two large compound eyes and three other simple eyes.
Hymenopterans (Grant 1959), odonates (Hofslund 1977), and mantids
(Carignan 1988) have also been reported to attack birds, especially smaller species such as hummingbirds (Trochilidae).
The walkway experience included smaller enclosures housing canopy species that share the same distribution as orangutans, such as Salvador's monitor (Varanus salvadorii), reticulated python (Python reticulates), and dead leaf praying mantids
Fagan and Odell (1996) found that early hatching preying mantids
also faced starvation due to insufficient alternative prey and were avid cannibals.
Biological control has asserted itself as beneficial insects such as praying mantids
, assassin bugs, green lacewings, lady beetles, ground beetles, and hover flies rule supreme.
Prey recognition time of praying mantids
(Dictyoptera: Mantidae) and consequent survivorship of unpalatable prey (Hemiptera: Lygaeidae).
To perform a definitive test, he and his colleagues assembled a set of specimens including 107 species of termites, roaches, and the closely related mantids
This should improve hunting success while minimizing the probability of encountering other predators known to capture and ingest pepsine wasps such as roadrunners, grasshopper mice, wolf spiders, solifugids, and mantids
(Punzo 1998; 2000), all of which are found at this study site.
133) Invertebrates of the Everglades include spiders, scorpions, pond crayfish, a plethora of butterflies, dragon flies, grasshoppers, mantids
and other insects, marine invertebrates of many types including many varieties of crabs, sea stars, conches, sponges, and snails.
Keep in mind that pesticides cannot differentiate between the good and the bad guys, so quite often beneficial insects, like mantids
and honey bees, fall victim to your good intentions.