The orchid mantis: a tale of natural history and standing on the shoulders of giants. By James C. O'Hanlon Few animals, especially insects, have earned as mythical a reputation as the orchid mantis. Scattered amongst centuries old books, hidden away in musty library basement compactors, are a handful of tales of an impossible insect, more … Continue reading A tale of natural history and standing on the shoulders of giants.
I am off on a new adventure! I was offered an Endeavour Research Fellowship by the Australian Government to conduct research in Singapore. For the next few months I will be based at the National University of Singapore conducting research in Daiqin Li's Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology Lab. What will I be researching? Why the … Continue reading Endeavour Research Fellowship
Here is some extra footage of the orchid mantis catching prey mid air. Enjoy! Next time I will have to get my hands on a high speed camera!
For the first time the orchid mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) has been shown to deceptively lure pollinators as prey. Check out this research in the American Naturalist available now online ahead of print.