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Mantids Part Two: Idolomantis diabolica Male


My second post focuses only on the male of the Devil’s Flower Mantis, or Idolomantis diabolica. This is the closest biological representation I have ever seen of surreal, campy evil. Again the male is seen in threat display. The male has special antennae (that look like vertebrae), used to detect females using scent. The male is brightly colored (assumedly for threat display), and the female is only beige. Next post will be about the female Idolomantis diabolica.

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Mangrove Crabs

I took this picture in the mangrove in Yucatan. It’s an unidentified medium-sized mangrove crab who climbed into my dinghy and was very frightened.  Mangrove crabs are considered keystone species for many reasons: they are very important in stabilizing the ecosystem. On the same trip I also saw a tiny violin crab in the mangrove, jaibas in the shallow tidewaters, and a lot of big scary  horseshoe crab carcasses on the beach.

Yemen Chameleon



Nothing quite as cool as a chameleon, especially when voiced by  Johnny Depp  in the upcoming film Rango.

This is a Chamaeleo calyptratus, also known as a veiled chameleon. Its favorite food is locusts, and it drinks water that has pooled on leaves. Yemen Chameleons are often kept as pets because, relative to other chameleon species, they can survive easily in captivity. Click images for an beautifully detailed view.