night owl

Praying Mantis question

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Do these things have the ability to change the shape/profile of their body in order to blend in better with their surrounding? 

 

I ask this because in the 1st pic the body of the mantis is toothed and this makes it blend in with the leaves on the plant. The mantis may be a little hard to find but you'll find it if you really look. This pic was earlier in the year. None of the pics I saw online shows a mantis with a toothed body. Clearly this one in the 1st pic had a toothed body.

 

The second pic I took a few days ago and you can see that the body is not toothed. 

 

Both of these animals were in Massachusetts. What say you?

 

 

 

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Here is the same pic with the mantis circled just in case anyone has a hard time finding the mantis. I prolly shoulda done that the first time I put up the picture. :blackeye:

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It looks like the one in the first picture is younger and hasn’t developed wings. The wings shield the abdomen in adults making the body smoother and more cylindrical in appearance.

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Cool pics. I've seen quite a few of them this year. I'm no mantid/mantis expert, but in just doing a little research, I believe the brown one is a Chinese Mantid, and the Green is a European Mantis. 

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On 9/27/2021 at 11:51 AM, woma said:

I can't answer any of your questions, but I will add that it is not advisable to date one.....

What he said.

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