Maintaining Bugs

Looking after a praying mantis, butterflies, stick insects and beetles

Male or female mantis?

With this web page it is possible to learn to differentiate male and female praying mantises. This can be done in 2 means; by studying the true quantity of sections from the abdomen or by shopping for external intercourse differences such as the duration of the antennae.

Segment counting method

The portion counting technique can be utilized for several praying mantis species which can be older than L4 (4th instar). In a few types it really is much harder to see compared to other types. With tiny types you might need a magnifier.

The foundation concept is easy: feminine praying mantises have 6 stomach portions while men have actually 8. The segment that is final of feminine is significantly bigger than the others as the male has a few tiny sections to the end of this stomach.

You should look at the underside of the mantis if you have to count the segments. You can’t count the sections from taking a look at its straight straight back part. The image shall explain all of it:

Counting the stomach portions of the mantis shall inform you its intercourse. Females have actually less portions then males. Kept panel illustrates a feminine nymph, the proper panel a male nymph of Hierodula membranacea.

When you yourself have a grownup mantis you could utilize the section counting technique. It’s even easier then as the mantis is larger additionally the physical human anatomy it entirely formed.