A couple years back, I was at the park in late winter in the middle of the day. There’s a small kettle pond there that I usually go to to look for insects and birds, but on this day I got a bat! I thought it was an Eastern pipistrelle (now called the Tricolor bat (Perimyotis subflavus), but honestly I am not entirely sure. Not the first time I’ve seen a bat in NYC, but the first time I got a picture (flying animal pictures are something I’m stlll trying to get better at). Just another day photographing animals in Gotham.  

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'Vicious' Species of Mantis Discovered in Rwanda
(May, 2014)
On a cool and rainy night in a dense, mountainous forest in Rwanda, insect-surveying scientists discovered a new species of praying mantis, one whose wingless females are “vicious hunters” that prowl for prey as if they were marauding tigers. The researchers have named the newfound praying mantis species — which was discovered in Nyungwe National Park — Dystacta tigrifrutex, or “bush tiger mantis”…

(read more: Live Science)

Image credit: Gavin Svenson

rhamphotheca:

'Vicious' Species of Mantis Discovered in Rwanda

(May, 2014)

On a cool and rainy night in a dense, mountainous forest in Rwanda, insect-surveying scientists discovered a new species of praying mantis, one whose wingless females are “vicious hunters” that prowl for prey as if they were marauding tigers. The researchers have named the newfound praying mantis species — which was discovered in Nyungwe National Park — Dystacta tigrifrutex, or “bush tiger mantis”…
(read more: Live Science)
Image credit: Gavin Svenson