Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Winner of the Petzl Headlamp! And a Mantis

Thanks for the feedback, both on this site and the RM facebook page, on this little quiz, we ended up with five potential contestants for this neat, new headlamp.  Using the random number generator on, I caught a 4.....translating to the fourth entry in the contest, Georgia's New Hand Wingshooter Files.  I'll be in touch to get your shipping information!

This quail hunter and daddy of two's answer was:

Man, tidious work requiring us to name the species. I was watching a less than interesting sporting show about hunting

stag in England. I stopped for a

momant to follow your blog when my wife asked me who NC State plays next.

tis carolina I exclaimed. Anyway, back to the hunting show.

The answer? Stagmomantis carolina, the Carolina Mantis.  Unlike the (Chinese) Praying Mantis, who lays a teardrop shaped egg case, the Carolina Mantis lays a long, cylindrical egg case.  I found it swaying on top of a broadleaf cattail in a beaver wetland along the North Carolina - Virginia border.  

I've mentioned the Carolina Mantis on this blog a few times before, once in a detailed article on the critter about four years ago (after finding it on the eastern shore of Virginia), and once in a quick photo update from West Virginia about 15 months ago.  I still haven't found one in Maryland (not counting the egg cases I brought north and put out in my yard). 

Thanks for playing along, everybody! 


Sanders said...

The mantis looks like he's up to something...

Alan Roberds said...

Wow, I never knew that my geek days as a naturalist for a summer camp would pay off. Thanks. We never want to give our personal info online, so can you email me at

Oh, and I'll be visiting the pawn shops this weekend. Thanks

Kirk Mantay said...

NH - done.

And Sanders, that mantid is probably trying to figure out why chasing down a mate will result in his head getting chewed off.

Anonymous said...

nice photo. Do all the carolina mantis have this same coloring? We have one (captured) with the identical coloring as this. Just curious what species it is.

Kirk Mantay said...

Heather, they vary. The ones I've seen (at the northern end of their range) are probably 75% all brown; 25% mostly brown, 0% all green.

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