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Thread: Bug ID. Some kind of mantid?

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    Bug ID. Some kind of mantid?

    Went out to check on my sarracenia a few minutes ago when I saw a bug on my S. purpurea x rubra. Upon closer inspection, I had no idea what it was, so I rushed inside to grab my camera. Luckily for me, this bug was not easily spooked. It moved verrrry slowly, almost stalking around the developing pitcher. I could see it had some sort of appendage out front, but I couldn't tell if it was some sort of lancing mouthpart or what. Upon closer inspection through my macro lens I began to suspect I was looking at the front legs of a mantid.

    Unidentified Mantid On Sarracenia Purpurea x Rubra

    Unidentified Mantid On Sarracenia Purpurea x Rubra

    Unidentified Mantid On Sarracenia Purpurea x Rubra

    Unidentified Mantid On Sarracenia Purpurea x Rubra

    Here is what I consider the money shot. Who knows what would have happened had these 2 insects been on the same side of the developing pitcher lid? This photo is definitely in my top 10 favorite shots.
    This Fly May Have Come Very Close To Death....

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    i think thats an assasin bug

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    That's no mantis. The appendage looks like fuzzy antennae to me. Also its legs are way too out of proportion with the rest of the body....but that's just how i see it
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    Quote Originally Posted by petmantis View Post
    That's no mantis. The appendage looks like fuzzy antennae to me. Also its legs are way too out of proportion with the rest of the body....but that's just how i see it
    Actually, I believe the long apendages that look like front legs are the antenna, seeing as how they're connected to the front of the head.

    Jason

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    Ah, with the assassin bug suggestion I was able to make more headway. I actually had initially thought assassin bug, but the front legs really threw me off. I found the exact species with a little digging: Empicoris rubromaculatus. It's in a subset of assassin bugs called thread-legged bugs.

    http://bugguide.net/node/view/9418

    It's incredible how the thread-legged bugs seem to mirror the mantis' praying legs. Check this one out! http://bugguide.net/node/view/233032

    Jason

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    Sweet shots, Jason.

    Certain individuals from Hemiptera are not the only ones that contain similar front legs as mantids. There is a completely separate family, Mantispidae, under the order Neuroptera that also have specialized, mantid-like front legs. They are commonly called the mantidflies or mantispids.

    Check 'em out:
    http://www.usefilm.com/images/6/7/1/...975-medium.jpg
    http://bugguide.net/node/view/4796
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    Cool, didn't look much like a mantis. Don't think mantis are that small.
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