This is a species of praying mantis which is endemic to the Iberian peninsular. It was first noted by Fuente in 1894. There are few areas known where it now exists in Spain. It is rare and is catalogued on the red list of endangered species as vulnerable, receiving protected status.
This species may be brown, grey or green in colour. They can be distinguished from other mantids by the very angular eyes that taper to (upward and outwards facing) points. The nymphs hide low down in grasses and jump with agility, making them difficult to tell apart from small grasshoppers. read more
Curious beetle, whose larva reaches 4 cm and is an important plague of cultures. “The evolutive cycle during three years. In the first year females deposit eggs in the ground, about 25 to 30 cm of depth. The larvae come out, during the summer, feeding roots of little plants. In the autumn, they are embedded in the ground to hibernate. In the second year, the cycle happens again, but larvae already are more developed and damages are most important, since in the third year, next to complete the life cycle, are much less voracious.” in
Jerusalem crickets of the genus Stenopelmatus (Greek for “narrow foot”)bare found in a variety of habitats throughout much of western North and Central America. They have been dubbed Child of the Earth or Niña del la Tierra in Spanish. The Navajo thought them deadly poisonous and called them “wó se ts´inii,’ or the “skull insect” or “bone neck beetle.” Their powerful jaws are used for digging and chewing roots. Jerusalem crickets can bite with considerable force if handled, but are not poisonous in any way. In California, JCs are known as potato bugs due to their predilection for nibbling on potatoes and other crops in direct contact with the soil. Extensive damage to crops and gardens by these insects is rare. They also occasionally scavenge dead animal matter and may engage in cannibalism. The name “Jerusalem cricket” is believed to have originated in the 19th century when ‘Jerusalem’ was a commonly used as an expletive.
Arachnobas is a Genus of weevils peculiar to the Moluccas and New Guinea. When caught by an animal (e.g. me), immediately this beetle turned to lay on the back and moved its legs like a spider;probably mimicry.
Arachnobas sp. [Rhynchodes sp., is the synonym], [det. Alexander Riedel, 2010, based on photos] Family: Curculionidae (Weevils, Rüsselkäfer) Order: Coleoptera (beetles, Käfer)