Mantis Massacre – Hand feeding a Chinese mantis

3 Dec
Adult Chinese mantis devouring a cricket.

Adult Chinese mantis devouring a cricket (Tenodera sinensis).

I promised pictures of the adult Chinese mantises from last week, so here you go.  And to start off we have some lovely horror-movie-esque imagery of a mantis tearing into its cricket meal.  Enjoy!

Hand feeding a Chinese mantis (Tenodera sinensis).

Hand feeding a Chinese mantis (Tenodera sinensis).

Chinese mantis taking a cricket from a pair of forceps.

Chinese mantis taking a cricket from a pair of forceps.

Delicious!

NOM NOM NOM.

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8 Responses to “Mantis Massacre – Hand feeding a Chinese mantis”

  1. jason December 3, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

    Love it! That last photo is a classic.

    • 6legs2many December 6, 2010 at 8:35 pm #

      Thank you! It’s just like slurping down spaghetti.

  2. TGIQ December 3, 2010 at 7:13 pm #

    I disagree with Jason. The FIRST photo is a classic 😛
    OMNOMNOM!!! CHUNKS OF CRICKET CLUTCHED IN MY MIGHTY RAPTORIAL FORELEGS!!!! BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHA! (Seriously, I can hear the evil overlord laugh coming through the monitor! o_O)

    • 6legs2many December 6, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

      Thanks!
      I like to think I can hear a tiny, high pitched “Heeeeellp meeeee!”

  3. Kurt December 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

    Love the first one too!

    • 6legs2many December 6, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

      Thanks. I couldn’t decide, so I used them both.

  4. katie the kid January 1, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    was wondering if you really *hand fed* them : ) didn’t think so, but you gotta wonder. nice pictures! they are SO cool

    • 6legs2many January 2, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

      I guess that depends on your definition of hand-feeding. 🙂 I did use forceps, but that was to more to keep from spooking the mantis than to protect my hands.

      Although I also did not actually feed them my hand.

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