Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Arthro-Pod EP 113: Why do people want kill praying mantises?

The Arthro-Pod gang have had a weird influx of questions from people about how they can best kill Chinese mantises. There has been a lot of concern regarding how they might be invasive and their effects on native species. Join us as we dive in to a complicated topic of parsing through native, non-native, and invasive species and highlight the biology of mantises plus the ways they normally capture our attention. With Chinese mantis, why the hate? What part might anti-Asian sentiment play in the attempts to control them? All that and more in episode 113!

An adult Chinese mantis, wondering what the heck we're talking about
Photo by Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State

Show notes:

Here are some articles highlighting the controversy

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