Jenny Damm

Jenny Damm

Stunning insects in North America!

We have had a great tour so far! Yesterday I was quite high, like I was on drugs. I saw my first Praying Mantis! Do you know how cool they are?! I almost could't sleep last night, I was so happy 🙂 They are very impressive and formidable predators, camouflage experts and they can swivel their head 180 degrees to spot a potential prey. This is just a few of the interesting things about these insects! There are about 2400 different species in the order Mantodea. Check out these links, you will not regret a click, at least not on the first two ones!

Awesome pictures of different species with really fascinating camouflage: http://www.buzzfeed.com/donnad/thistle-mantis

More cool pictures of Praying Mantis eating their prey: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-x-incredible-praying-mantis-photos

Facts about Praying Mantis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

I have also found several interesting caterpillars. They are almost as incredible as the praying mantis! 🙂 I love incredible, fascinating and beautiful creatures!!

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Lophocampa caryae, HICKORY TUSSOCK MOTH

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Euchaetes egle, MILKWEED TUSSOCK MOTH

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Unknown Caterpillar…

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Phragmatobia lineata, LINED TIGER MOTH

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