Seasonal Almanac

Start of autumn: cold cicada chirps (2 of 5)

February 16th, 2009

Start of autumn 12 of 15Autumn is the mating season for praying mantises. This mantodea was found standing upsidedown on the ceiling. Redmond captured the insect using a plastic container and released her outside where she is more likely to find a mate. Apparently sexual cannablism of mantises is not consistent across species and its natural occurence is disputed in the scientific community. Some scientists argue that this behaviour is an artifact produced by the artificial conditions of laboratory observations. As we observe the insect, it is also observing us with her 300 degrees of head articulation and binocular vision.

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