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praying mantises have only one ear which they use to avoid bats

Started by sylverone
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almost 5 years ago

Quoting from:

http://insects.about.com/od/roachesandmantids/a/10-Fascinating-Facts-About-Praying-Mantids.htm

"10. Mantids have binocular vision, but only one ear.

A praying mantis has two large, compound eyes that work together to help it decipher visual cues. But strangely, the praying mantis has just a single ear, located on the underside of its belly, just forward of its hind legs. This means the mantid cannot discriminate the direction of sound, nor its frequency. What it can do is detect ultrasound, or sound produced by echolocating bats. Studies have shown that praying mantids are quite good at evading bats. A mantis in flight will essentially stop, drop, and roll in midair, dive bombing away from the hungry predator. Not all mantids have an ear, and those that don't are typically flightless, so they don't have to flee flying predators like bats."

Just happened across this today and thought some of you might find this interesting. :)

Default_user
almost 5 years ago

Our world is full of amazing oddities! Thanks for this one :-)

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