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2011-04-08 13:23:11
Mischief ? At Pixdaus ? I'm shocked ! Shocked, I tell you !
2011-04-08 13:08:27
I'm the original 'correct information', and I didn't post the last comment. I suspect some mischief is going on.
2011-04-07 21:09:12
Correct information has something in common with Connie who also said once that she had worked for the Chief of Entomology at the Department of Agriculture many many years ago. How weird is that?
2011-04-07 06:55:22
I don't claim to be an entomologist like you tried to. I have done some research on the Net but I am by far not an expert. Everything I read indicates that the name should be mantis not mantid. Also, I felt that this picture should have been posted with the title GIVEN by the photographer and the main location of his pictures which is Posters take these artists' work/pictures, without permission, to post here, so the least we can do is give their names, their photos' locations and the titles given by them. You and I have a bit in common. I worked for the Chief of Entomology at the Department of Agriculture many many years ago.
2011-04-06 19:38:24
I don't know why, but I am unable to respond to the 'correct information' comment above indicating that he/she doesn't believe that I am an entomologist. Technically, correct information is correct this time. I am not an entomologist, but I WAS ONCE, I am retired now and the State of Arizona thought enough of my degree and ability to give me the title and to compensate me as an entomologist. I was an agricultural entomologist and not a taxonomist, but I do know a lot more about taxonomy than this mis-called correct information person.
2011-04-06 18:38:20
I uploaded a few photos here, hoping to find a group of friendly people that enjoyed the same thing and would get along with each other. What a big mistake! Mantid or mantis? Does it really make all that much difference to you? I would have thought that most of the Pixdaus users had no idea what either name really meant. My husband who is a zoologist, PhD I might add with a minor in entomology, tells me that both terms are widely used in the vernacular sense and both are correct. As for you, correct information, just who are you and what is your agenda here? When I read your comments here, I get a sense of hostility coming my way. Why? I would have expected more friendly comments with some sort of intention of helping me. All I can find out about you is that you have made six comments (four on this page) and have uploaded no photos. Yet you appear to want to come off as some sort of expert whose opinions or thoughts would be universally accepted without question. As for me, I am brand new here and have a lot to learn. But how do I learn it? Very little information is given on the web site and e-mail to Pixdaus or Environmental Graffiti is ignored without so much as an acknowledgement. I have made several comments here (on other photos) asking for information or help, but have gotten no responses. As for Dr. Siwanowicz posting photos at; I am sure he has, however there are certainly many other sites as well. As for the photos of his that I uploaded, they came from my husbands digital photo files that he has received via e-mail from all over the world. The mantid photo he received was simply annotated 'Siwanowicz' mantid'. Nothing more and nothing less. Also, I don't understand what has happened with the uploaded photo itself. About an hour it ago, when I looked at it on Pixdaus, it showed +23 votes, right now it shows +13. Was the earlier vote total an error that has been corrected? Or, has the photo received a net of -10 votes in the past hour? Well, as you may know, I have been unable to post comments as ∆∆∆, so I am using deltadeltadelta for this purpose. ..................... ∆∆∆
2011-04-06 18:26:03
You're confused because Entomologist is confused.
2011-04-06 17:50:09
I'm, not i'm. Apologies there for the mistake....
2011-04-06 17:48:51
Now i'm really confused..... :(
2011-04-06 17:37:24
by your comment you are not an Entomologist
2011-04-06 17:23:56
You are entirely INCORRECT, correct information! The insect family is the Mantodea that includes the genus Mantis. The term mantid is widely used to apply to any insect in any genus in the family, while Mantis should apply, correctly, only to insects in that genus. An analogy might be wren and bird. The little flying creatures that nest in a box in my backyard can be correctly called wrens or birds. The term 'bird' applies to a broader selection of feathered-flying animals, such as 'jays'. Jays can also be referred to as birds, however it would be incorrect to call them wrens. You are obviously not an entomologist yourself, correct information, it would appear that your only knowledge of this is something that you have just read on the Internet and which you don't fully understand. Just because I can read about nuclear physics doesn't mean that I really understand it, however I do understand entomology, taxonomy and the terminology involved with them.
2011-04-06 17:09:36
As it states in Wikipedia as well. So you are correct with that term. Thanks again, correct information.....
2011-04-06 17:05:23
to use the word 'mantid' would be incorrect
2011-04-06 16:10:31
Fair enough to respect the photographers' titles and use them correctly. I am all for that, correct information. I just wanted to point out that the name 'mantid' can also be used as well as mantis. Thankyou, correct information.... :)
2011-04-06 14:39:30
The title for this picture used by the photographer is "P.whalbergii" (P for pseudocreobotra). That is Spiny Flower Mantis. Under another picture of the same type of mantis (almost identical picture) the photographer used both the latin and english names. My point was that we should respect the photographers' titles and use them correctly. Also: Mantodea or mantises is an order of insects that contains approximately 2,200 species in nine families[1] worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. Most of the species are in the family Mantidae. Historically, the term "mantid" was used to refer to any member of the order because for most of the past century, only one family was recognized within the order; technically, however, the term only refers to this one family, meaning the species in the other eight recently established families are not mantids, by definition (i.e., they are empusids, or hymenopodids, etc.), and the term "mantises" should be used when referring to the entire order. (Wikipedia)
2011-04-06 12:42:57
They can be known as mantis AND/OR mantids.....
2011-04-06 12:13:42
Spiny Praying Mantis NOT Mantid Photographer's photos are at