1 January 2005 Cues Used in Patch Selection by Praying Mantis Nymphs (Mantodea, Mantidae)
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Visual and chemical cues may provide predators with information on the abundance and quality of prey in a particular area. In a laboratory study we investigated if general cues of prey and prey habitat had an effect on the patch selection and orientation of Chinese praying mantis nymphs (Tenodera aridifolia sinensis Saussure). For location, juvenile mantids spent more time on the side of the arena with chemical cues from crickets relative to a blank control and more time on the side with brightly colored images of flowers relative to a “grass” control. For orientation, individuals spent more time oriented toward moving crickets and images of flowers than control sides of the arenas. Use of these cues may aid mantis nymphs in locating prey in nature.

SHAWN M. WILDER "Cues Used in Patch Selection by Praying Mantis Nymphs (Mantodea, Mantidae)," The American Midland Naturalist 153(1), 187-191, (1 January 2005). https://doi.org/10.1674/0003-0031(2005)153[0187:CUIPSB]2.0.CO;2
Accepted: 1 June 2004; Published: 1 January 2005
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