Prey recognition in the praying mantis

  title={Prey recognition in the praying mantis},
  author={Susan Rilling and H. Mittelstaedt and K. D. Roeder},
  • Susan Rilling, H. Mittelstaedt, K. D. Roeder
  • Published 1959
  • Biology
  • Behaviour
  • The external factors which release and control prey capture in the praying mantis have been studied in Parastagmatoptera unipunctata and Hierodulae gen. In tests with various kinds of live prey and dummies the strike has been found to be most readily released if I.) the prey is within reach of the forelegs; 2.) the prey moves as a whole while exhibiting rapid, jerky movements of appendages. Size, shape and direction of the prey are less important, while color and odor have no strike releasing… CONTINUE READING
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