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    Invasive? The lies about Chinese mantis.

    marzo 09, 2024 2 lectura mínima

    Not invasive ! Naturalized for more than a century thriving and helping to balance our flora and fauna’s. Nature knows best growls Craig Baker when someone takes a shot at mantids by calling them invasive or “It kills hummingbirds “ that’s infuriating he says! One photo of the hummingbird that got snagged by a mantis and it’s all gone viral. “Imbeciles he rants! “ Artificial intelligence can’t come fast enough! People aren’t thinking anyway. 

    What needs to be taken into account is the millions of mantids in the ecosystem and why the Tenodera sinensis thrives. Seemingly taking over or crowding the other species isn’t a just call. They are thriving because it is their place to live for reasons we may not completely understand. The prey that they are devouring destructive pests such as Japanese beetles, stink bugs, lantern flies, longhorn beetles and a miriad of other insects being kept in check best way possible considering the challenges of our environment. I also am not looking for and argument but am taking this time to explain as you have the capacity to understand. The damage is done not by the flora and fauna which strive to flourish under these conditions but by humans. 
    Nature is fixing these things best it can, even the most concerned people don’t  understand the big picture until it’s taken its course. In some case yes we need to harness the blight and infestation of certain species, but the average human is influenced by viral photo of Chinese mantis eating a hummingbird, no one thinks to mention or see the billions of mantis nymphs that are feeders for the hummingbirds. 
    I will say there is a regional decline with Chinese mantis this year, 2024 and there is an interesting trend with the Tenodera augustipennis or long winged mantis who’s ootheca commonly mistaken for the Carolina species.
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    They seem to be forming a subspecies and have been evolving from my observations possibly a cross breed which is quite a bit larger than they have been known to be. See here the same species and differences in size between the ootheca. 4-5 times in size!
    (Oh and keep your cats indoors if your worried about hummingbirds 😂) And praying mantis are really great pets, you wouldn’t believe it!

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    Invasive claims and irresponsible advice
    Invasive claims and irresponsible advice

    abril 13, 2024 2 lectura mínima

    This article is addressed to those who don’t understand how an ecosystem and environment works. There are deeper factors requiring serious consideration
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    Is it time for insect researchers to consider their subjects’ welfare?
    Is it time for insect researchers to consider their subjects’ welfare?

    abril 08, 2024 3 lectura mínima

    Recent evidence suggests that at least some insect species might plausibly feel pain. This Perspective argues that researchers need to rethink the welfare implications of these findings for experiments that use insects.

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    My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis Children’s book
    My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis Children’s book

    abril 07, 2024 1 lectura mínima

    Some big birds landed near me I did my cool trick pretending to be a stick in the wind, they flew away…
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