Journal of Insect Behavior

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 261–282 | Cite as

Appetitive Responses to Computer-Generated Visual Stimuli by Female Rhombodera basalis, Deroplatys lobata, Hierodula membranacea, and Miomantis sp. (Insecta: Mantodea)

  • Frederick R. Prete
  • Salina Dominguez
  • Justin L. Komito
  • Robert Theis
  • Jessica M. Dominguez
  • Lawrence E. Hurd
  • Gavin J. Svenson
Article

Abstract

We used computer-generated stimuli to assess the stimulus parameters eliciting prey-directed behaviors in four mantis species: Rhombodera basalis (60 mm body length), Deroplatys lobata (70 mm), Hierodula membranacea (80 mm), Miomantis sp (38 mm). All responded appetitively to erratically moving disks subtending 10° or more. R. basalis responded more consistently to checkered (versus solid black) disks; only D. lobata displayed a size preference (14–23 deg disks); Miomantis sp. struck at disks as large as did the largest species; only Miomantis sp. displayed approaching behavior. H. membranacea and R. basalis preferred black disks on a white background (versus the reverse), and red disks (versus blue or green) on a brightness-matched grey background. All preferred elongated stimuli moving parallel (versus perpendicular) to their long axes.

Keywords

Praying mantis insect vision prey recognition object recognition prey capture 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick R. Prete
    • 1
  • Salina Dominguez
    • 1
  • Justin L. Komito
    • 1
  • Robert Theis
    • 1
  • Jessica M. Dominguez
    • 1
  • Lawrence E. Hurd
    • 2
  • Gavin J. Svenson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of BiologyNortheastern Illinois UniversityChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiologyWashington and Lee UniversityLexingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Invertebrate ZoologyCleveland Museum of Natural HistoryClevelandUSA

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