Archive for the 'Mantidae' Category

Ootheca Explosion – Part 2

April 10, 2010

Well, I have alot to learn about both filming and video production, but here’s my first attempt. Shamelessly inspired to give it a go by some excellent footage at Myrmecos blog.

I have a fair amount of work on at the moment, so haven’t had much time to play around. I guess this was more a test to see if my camera (Sony HDR-CX12) was capable of producing reasonable macro footage. It’s already looking better than my dabbles back in the days of VHS. I’ve discovered that even a light breeze is a nightmare, and that my next post-production venture will be to learn how to correct colour/brightness/contrast on a vid.

If anyone wants to see it in full 720p HD, you can do so here. Looks much better in HD in my opinion.

I’m really looking forward to giving this a proper go!

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The Ootheca Explodes!

April 10, 2010

Around 10 days ago, I found a mantid ootheca on a grass stem in the back yard. I believe the owner is an Archimantis latistyla, because it was around the correct shape and size, and this species is a fairly common urban garden inhabitant up here. I brought it inside, and placed it in a small terrarium in the hope of seeing them hatch. Unfortunately… I think I missed the big event by mere minutes. However, it was still very exciting and we had alot of fun sending these guys on their merry way back where I found them. I took a little video, and will hopefully get time to process it and put it up here by the end of the weekend.

Here are a few pics for the time being. Baby mantids, while a little alien, are incredibly delicate and cute. This species appears to be a fairly competent jumper while a nymph, which I would think gives them a good escape mechanism before they develop wings.