Comparative investigations into the feeding ecology of six Mantodea species

@article{Reitze2004ComparativeII,
  title={Comparative investigations into the feeding ecology of six Mantodea species},
  author={Margit Reitze and Wolfgang Nentwig},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2004},
  volume={86},
  pages={568-574}
}
SummarySix mantid species (Sphodromantis viridis, Polyspilota aeruginosa, Hierodula unimaculata, Parasphendale agrionia, Mantis religiosa and Empusa pennata) were studied in laboratory feeding experiments. Mantids stalk their prey and pounce on it, grasping it with their forelegs. Only living prey is selected and it is consumed directly after the catch. The predator orients itself optically, and therefore only takes notice of moving prey. The maximum size of prey which mantids can overwhelm is… 

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