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praying mantis


praying mantis
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Copyright: Euthymios Iv (euthiv) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 81] (470)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon DSLR D70, AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm 1:2.8G ED
Exposure: f/13.0
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-03 11:28
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Mantis religiosa

"Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Subclass: Pterygota

Infraclass: Neoptera

Superorder: Dictyoptera

Order: Mantodea
Burmeister, 1838

Families
Chaeteessidae
Metallyticidae
Mantoididae
Amorphoscelididae
Eremiaphilidae
Hymenopodidae
Liturgusidae
Mantidae
Empusidae

Synonyms

Manteodea Burmeister, 1829
Mantearia
Mantoptera
Mantodea or mantises is an order of insects that contains approximately 2,200 species in 9 families worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. Most of the species are in the family Mantidae. Historically, the term "mantid" was used to refer to any member of the order because for most of the past century, only one family was recognized within the order; technically, however, the term only refers to this one family, meaning the species in the other eight recently-established families are not mantids, by definition (i.e., they are empusids, or hymenopodids, etc.), and the term "mantises" should be used when referring to the entire order. A colloquial name for the order is "praying mantises", because of the typical "prayer-like" stance, although the term is often misspelled as "preying mantis" since mantises are predatory. In Europe, the name "praying mantis" refers to Mantis religiosa. The closest relatives of mantises are the orders Isoptera (termites) and Blattodea (cockroaches), and these three groups together are sometimes ranked as an order rather than a superorder. They are sometimes confused with phasmids (stick/leaf insects) and other elongated insects such as grasshoppers and crickets.
Etymology
The scientific name Mantodea comes from Greek the words μάντις meaning a prophet, and εἶδος for form or shape. The name was coined in 1838 by the German entomologist Hermann Burmeister. The common term mantis is also from the Greek word μάντις for prophet.
Taxonomy and systematics

History of study
The systematics of mantises have long been disputed. Mantises, along with walking sticks, were once placed in the order Orthoptera with the cockroaches (now Blattodea) and rock crawlers (now Grylloblattodea). Kristensen (1991) combined Mantodea with the cockroaches and termites into the order Dictyoptera."
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-04 4:35]

Hello Euthymios,
A very funny way to pray...
Excellent and funny shot. Good light and fine colors.
Happy Easter to you
Kind regards
Anne

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