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'Dictyoptera' - Mantodea (mantids) + Blattodea (cockroaches and termites)

Started by bmathison1972, March 03, 2015, 10:23:36 PM

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bmathison1972

Time to start a taxonomic thread for the mantids, roaches, and termites. I'll start with my smaller figures, this of course not everything I have (esp. when you throw in the bin-style figures!).

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sbell

Very nice. I always run into problems with lighting on these kinds of figures--I often wind up with ones using a flash, no flash, and different ambient lighting. Sometimes it makes a difference. Sometimes the pictures are always [email protected] ;D

brontodocus

Great figures, Blaine! :) I may add a few later (e.g. PV Blepharopsis mendica nymph and Kabaya Insect Directory Hymenopus coronatus) But I'm also quite envious about the Hissing Cockroaches. The K&M figure was part of a playset, wasn't it? I think I haven't seen it offered as a single figure, yet. Thinking of photos with or without flashlight, your awesome new dioramas provide a very dark background so I think you would usually have to use a good light source if you want to photograph the figures without flashlight. In most cases I use a flexible desk lamp with a 10.5 W LED bulb.

Jetoar

Really awesome post. I didnĀ“t know that I can see differents figures of a lot of species of Mantis  :o.
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bmathison1972

Quote from: brontodocus on March 08, 2015, 12:23:20 PM
Great figures, Blaine! :) I may add a few later (e.g. PV Blepharopsis mendica nymph and Kabaya Insect Directory Hymenopus coronatus) But I'm also quite envious about the Hissing Cockroaches. The K&M figure was part of a playset, wasn't it? I think I haven't seen it offered as a single figure, yet. Thinking of photos with or without flashlight, your awesome new dioramas provide a very dark background so I think you would usually have to use a good light source if you want to photograph the figures without flashlight. In most cases I use a flexible desk lamp with a 10.5 W LED bulb.

The K&M hissing roach was part of a set, but it was given to me individually via trade, so I do not know if this is from the tube or polyvinyl bag set. There is a slight size difference, I believe, but without both for comparison I am not sure.

sbell

Quote from: bmathison1972 on March 08, 2015, 12:47:15 PM
Quote from: brontodocus on March 08, 2015, 12:23:20 PM
Great figures, Blaine! :) I may add a few later (e.g. PV Blepharopsis mendica nymph and Kabaya Insect Directory Hymenopus coronatus) But I'm also quite envious about the Hissing Cockroaches. The K&M figure was part of a playset, wasn't it? I think I haven't seen it offered as a single figure, yet. Thinking of photos with or without flashlight, your awesome new dioramas provide a very dark background so I think you would usually have to use a good light source if you want to photograph the figures without flashlight. In most cases I use a flexible desk lamp with a 10.5 W LED bulb.

The K&M hissing roach was part of a set, but it was given to me individually via trade, so I do not know if this is from the tube or polyvinyl bag set. There is a slight size difference, I believe, but without both for comparison I am not sure.

It would make sense that it was part of the Madagscar tube, which is now discontinued.

stemturtle


King termite (Funrise Toys), total length about 2 3/16 inches or 5.5 cm.

This is the only figure of a termite that I have; order Blattodea, infraorder Isoptera. It is one of 24 figures from the World of Nature Insect Collection, 1989. The scientific name was not provided. I was lucky to find this set on eBay to get the whip scorpion and sheep tick. Thanks to bmathison1972 for informing us about this brand.

brontodocus

Very cool termite figure, stemturtle! :) Some of those Funrise figures are really good.

Jetoar

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bmathison1972

My happy termite family: Funrise Toys, Wild Kratts, and an unknown figure (that was propped on a set of wheels before I removed them)

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Jetoar

I have the same termite with wheels. It is my first termite figure.
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BlueKrono

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sphyrna18


sphyrna18

Nevermind - you already answered that question in your excellent Mathison Museum of Natural History entry!  Excellent!

bmathison1972

2021: Year of the Mantid (?) @sphyrna18

1. tropical shield mantis, Choeradodis stalii (Takara)
2. Southeast Asian dead leaf mantis, Deroplatys lobata (Takara)
3. D. lobata (Bandai)
4. dead leaf mantis, Deroplatys truncata (Bandai)
5. orchid mantis, Hymenopus coronatus (Takara)
6. giant Devil's flower mantis, Idolomantis diabolica (Bandai Spirits)

Four of these five species were introduced to the toy realm this year!!!


sphyrna18

Quote from: bmathison1972 on November 18, 2021, 09:23:53 PM
2021: Year of the Mantid (?) @sphyrna18

1. tropical shield mantis, Choeradodis stalii (Takara)
2. Southeast Asian dead leaf mantis, Deroplatys lobata (Takara)
3. D. lobata (Bandai)
4. dead leaf mantis, Deroplatys truncata (Bandai)
5. orchid mantis, Hymenopus coronatus (Takara)
6. giant Devil's flower mantis, Idolomantis diabolica (Bandai Spirits)

Four of these five species were introduced to the toy realm this year!!!



It's about time!! Now - if only we could get some more love for the Phasmids and Orthopterans!!

They are looking really good!!