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  Posted: April 12, 2019      Views: 60

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"Alien Thing" by Shirley McLain
Ghost Mantis travels
across the hot sandy soil
gross alien thing


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Phyllocrania Paradoxa

These mantes can be found widely across Africa and in parts of South Europe.
Ghost mantis prefers to live in dry areas, in trees, shrubs, and bushes. Males have a shorter more narrow abdomen with eight segments, females will have a longer, wider abdomen with six segments.
At the 5th instar, the males will have smaller appendages and be thinner overall. Where the female will have larger appendages and be more compact.
At the 6th instar, the males will show transparent wings that are longer than the abdomen, have a thicker antenna and are visibly thinner than the females.
In the 6th instar and above the crown of the males and females differ greatly. With the females crown being as wide as their head, straighter and more smooth.
Both the male and the female molt seven times.
The males may take longer to reach maturity than the females.
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