Rwanda: New species of praying mantis discovered in Nyungwe NP

In the lush forests of the mountainous Nyungwe National Park situated southwest of Rwanda, a group of scientists were in the middle of a three-week expedition in search of new insect species when they chanced upon a pair of unidentified variety of praying mantises.

While having a stop-over on a dark and damp night, the team found a winged male mantis on the ground near one of the metal halide light system they had earlier setup to attract and trap tiny insects nearby. Shortly, a female mantis sprung up in the litter of leaves just in close proximity with where the team found the male insect. Both were immediately kept in small cubical screen enclosures for monitoring.

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