Calling behaviour in the female praying mantis, Hierodula patellifera

  title={Calling behaviour in the female praying mantis, Hierodula patellifera},
  author={B. P{\'e}rez},
  journal={Physiological Entomology},
  • B. Pérez
  • Published 2005
  • Biology
  • Physiological Entomology
  • Abstract.  Virgin mantis females, Hierodula patellifera (Serville) (Dictyoptera: Mantidae), exhibit a characteristic calling posture. When holding the body below a branch or leaf, the female curls the abdomen ventrally, flexing it away from the wings and exposing its dorsal surface. The curling is accompanied by pumping movements. The average age at which females start adopting this calling posture is 14 days after adult moult, and it is related to their nutritional stage. Once initiated… CONTINUE READING
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