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    mayo 01, 2018 1 lectura mínima



     Excerpt: The orchid mantis, Hymenopus coronatus (Insecta: Mantodea), is renown
    for its visual resemblance to a flower blossom. It has been hypothesised that
    the 'flower like' orchid mantis is an aggressive mimic that attracts pollinators
    as prey items. This is the first study into the morphology of the orchid
    mantis that explores this widely discussed hypothesis. We quantified color
    and shape patterns of orchid mantises that are likely to present visual cues
    to pollinators. We used spectrometry to measure their overall coloration
    and geometric morphometric techniques to quantify the shape of their
    'petal-like' mid- and hind-legs. This was done for both juvenile and adult
    female orchid mantises. To investigate how this stimulus may be perceived
    by a pollinating insect we investigated within-individual color variation
    using physiological models of hymenopteran vision. Mantises were found
    to reflect primarily UV- absorbing white. Visual models indicated that within
    individuals, different body parts did not contrast highly in color. Femoral
    lobes showed patterns of bilateral symmetry with juveniles expressing similar
    patterns of shape variation to adults. The results are used to provide specific
    and testable hypotheses as to how the morphology of the orchid mantis
    may constitute a signal directed towards pollinating insects.

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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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