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New Praying Mantis from Rwanda Hunts like a Tiger

Published on May 21, 2014 by Entomology Today

Scientists have discovered a new species of praying mantis in Rwanda’s mountainous Nyungwe National Park, and have described it in the journal ZooKeys.

Like all praying mantises, the new species is a vicious hunter. The wingless females are adapted for catching prey close to the ground and in undergrowth — similar to the hunting practices of a tiger — which inspired researchers to name it Dystacta tigrifrutex, or the bush tiger mantis.

“The new species is amazing because the fairly small female prowls through the underbrush searching for prey while the male flies and appears to live higher in the vegetation,” said Riley Tedrow, who is studying evolutionary biology at Case Western Reserve University. Read more on Entomology Today

Lost ‘Nightsnake’ Rediscovered on Volcanic Island off Mexico

Posted on Discover.com on MAY 20, 2014 BY TIA GHOSE, LIVESCIENCE

A mysterious species of snake has been rediscovered lurking in volcanic rocks on an island off Mexico.

The elusive, nocturnal Clarion nightsnake was first discovered more than 80 years ago on Clarion Island, but was then lost to science.

“The rediscovery of the Clarion nightsnake is an incredible story of how scientists rely on historical data and museum collections to solve modern-day mysteries about biodiversity in the world we live in,” lead author Daniel Mulcahy, a researcher at the National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, D.C., said in a statement. “Proper identification is the first step toward conserving this snake, and we plan to continue monitoring this species to learn more about the role it plays in the delicate Clarion Island ecosystem.” Read more on Discover.com

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly and Passion Flower

The host plant for the Gulf Fritillary caterpillar is the passion vine.

Shown here is the adult butterfly with the flower of the Passion Vine.

“Creature Feature” at Moorpark College

“Creature Feature” at Moorpark College

Kathy’s Critters will be at the Moorpark College “Creature Feature” on March 23, 2014 at 2:30. Come join the fun. Public is invited.

http://zoo.moorparkcollege.edu/events/

Kathy’s Critters at the Police Expo

Kathy’s Critters at the Police Expo

Kathy’s Critters will be at the Police Expo at the Rose Bowl March 29, 2014 from 10:00 to 2:00. Come see us and learn all about your police departments too.

http://www.policeexposition.com/next_event.html

Center of H.O.P.E. Christmas Party

Center of H.O.P.E. Christmas Party

Kathy’s Critters will again be at the Center of H.O.P.E. Christmas Party for the underprivileged on Dec. 21.
Please visit them and donate to their event to give Christmas presents to all the children who come.

FIDO & Friends Walk

FIDO & Friends Walk

Kathy’s Critters will be donating a Petting Zoo booth to this walk for cancer fund raising event. Come and meet our critters up close and in person and let us meet your friends.

FIDO & Friends Walk
Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 10:00am

Kid’s Club presents Kathy’s Critters

Kid’s Club presents Kathy’s Critters

Kid’s Club presents Kathy’s Critters at the Waterside, Marina del Rey

June 11, 2013 at 11:15am

Waterside, Marina del Rey

Come see Kathy’s Critters at the Star Eco Station

Come see Kathy’s Critters at the Star Eco Station

Kathy’s Critters “Petting Zoo” booth will be on display at the Star Eco Station’s 13th Annual bug-filled adventure event on Sunday, September 9th,  from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. .

The Star Eco Station is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Environmental Science Museum and Exotic Wildlife Rescue Center located at 10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.

 

For more information, see their website poster: http://starinc.org/starblog/?p=1133

Eco Station Flyer

Come and meet Kathy’s Critters at the Star Eco Station

Awesome new “Cave Spider” discovered:

Awesome new “Cave Spider” discovered:

 

Awesome new Arachnid “Cave Spider” discovered.

Photo courtesy of Scientific American.

Complete article here: http://www.scientificamerican.com/gallery_directory.cfm?photo_id=1AC9C7D1-F12B-0179-DF7FE9529D8EF93Dnew arachnid