The continued warm weather has allowed me numerous opportunities to photograph recent nighttime activity.
I was surprised to see a number of brown phase mature female Carolina mantids at the tops of a number of darker shrubs. The lack of significant moonlight allowed these individuals to contrast strongly with their dark shrub background.
Moths continually flew toward the lightly colored mantids, allowing the mantids to quickly eat their fill. Haven’t seen that before…
A green phase female Carolina mantid and brown phase male can be seen at https://thingsbiological.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/an-abundance-of-carolina-mantids-stagmomantis-carolina/.
A mature brown phase Carolina female and her egg case (ootheca) can be seen at https://thingsbiological.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/mantids-mantids-and-more-mantids/.