Field Notes: What’s a half-billion years?

Two mantids, cousins hundreds of millions of times over.

Convergent evolution is fun!

Taking this crummy photo was not fun, however. These were probably the two least cooperative subjects I have ever tried to work with. People in the movie biz harp about the inherent difficulty in filming animals and children. Well these are two petulant, child-like animals that had no interest in participating in my attempt at creating a cheesy, gee-wiz Powerpoint intro slide. I was literally sweating trying to herd these two into decent poses.


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