An Amorphoscelis mantis is distinguished by a very long “tail” ending in a set of flaps (flashed as a threat display), a short thorax and extremely small forelimbs, basically the exact opposite of a normal mantid’s anatomy!
Instead of sitting around waiting like their cousins, they apparently chase down prey at lightning speed.
Monique Ligons’ Biblical Insectarium
i can’t accurately exprsess how delighted i am by these images
Meet the Top Dog of the rainforest!
This is the carnivorous Pitbull Katydid (Lirometopum coronatum) that stalks the undergrowth of Costa Rican jungles.
photos by Kenji Nishida
Oh my god I could swear this guy would have crawled from a Jim Henson movie
Larva of a Water Scavenger Beetle taking a stroll, doing its thing. It looks like a lump of scat, but that’s just their style.
Nope! It’s a wasp!
This is a fairy wasp next to a single-celled amoeba and paramecium, all completely to scale. The wasps have ultra-tiny, condensed cells, and their brains have to fit mostly in their bodies!
Fairy wasps use their wings not just for flying, but for paddling underwater, as they lay their own eggs inside the eggs of aquatic arthropods!
Giant False Leaf Katydid Nymph (Pseudophyllus titan, Pseudophyllinae, Tettigoniidae)
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China
See more Chinese grasshoppers and crickets on my Flickr site HERE…..
Known only from a single text dating back to 1935, this species of moss-mimicking mantis has been rediscovered living in the jungles of Costa Rica. Experts believe it is Pogonogaster tristani.
For the first time (potentially EVER) there’s video footage of this incredible creature.
Article and video can be seen here: http://www.thefeaturedcreature.com/2013/11/first-ever-video-footage-of-rediscovered-moss-mantis-species.html
Photos show sand fly feeding on a frog (by Tyson Jerry). GIF shows sand fly feeding on a beetle (video source). Last two photos show a mantis eating a honeybee, and the sand fly feeding on the mantis - the sand fly is sitting on the front right femorotibial joint of the mantis leg (source: wiki).
In an older post on my bug blog, I was asked if there were any adult insects who parasitized other arthropods, rather than just parasitic larvae, and the only example I could come up with was the adult female Strepsipteran.
As it turns out, however, many tiny blood-sucking gnats, like sandflies, will in fact suck harmless amounts of body fluid from their fellow insects, and a few species feed from other insects or arachnids exclusively.
They’re like an insect equivalent to vampire bats!
Notice that the one on the frog is filling with red blood, but the one on the mantis (lower left, if you’re having trouble finding it) is bloated with green! Yes, there really are greenish juices in some arthropods!
Grub-like, female Strepsiptera live embedded in other arthropods, mating with the tiny, winged males through orifices on their heads. Some species also manipulate hosts into perching atop flowers or grass where the males are more likely to find them.
Happy Halloween, everyone! Have some spooky Strepsipterans, courtesy of http://www.biodiversityinfocus.com/blog/2013/10/31/a-spooky-strepsiptera-for-halloween/
What only two notes for a pumpkin Strepsipteran
I’m ashamed of all of you
"Virgil Morgenstern was a normal teenager who, as many others had lately, had taken an interest in vampires. He had gone through dozens of books, written stories, drawn them, roleplayed them, anything you could possibly do.
But it wasn’t enough. Virgil wanted to become a vampire. He didn’t believe they were fictional. There had to be a way.
Imagine how overjoyed he was when he found out there was.
That was why he didn’t get suspicious when the man with the long pointed mask held up the jar with the unnaturally large mosquitoes. Not even when the same man placed one of them on his arm. Not even after the giant insect bit him, causing horrible stinging pain through his entire arm. He finally got what he wanted. He was happy.
His happiness didn’t last long though. Over the course of several days his face started twisting and distorting. He lost his hair and his upper jaw slowly started shooting forward. Eventually he realized what was happening. But it was too late.
He was turning into a mosquito.”