Pictures

  • Mantis wearing 3D glasses
  • Mantis watching simulated bug on the CRT
  • Lisa introduces young scientists to the mantids
  • Close-up of mantis watching a simulated bug on a CRT
  • Ronny contemplates a mantis
  • Yoshifumi
  • Lisa
  • Natalie Busby
  • Lisa's mantis impression at a public event
  • Mantis on ball
  • Metamorphosis
  • Vivek
  • Judith Nicolas
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  • Fantastic close-up of a mantis that has jumped onto the CRT!
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  • Mantis under Infrared
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  • Lisa Hindmarsh
  • mantis sculpture
  • Mantis on ball
  • Immobilised mantis
  • Yoshifumi Yamawaki
  • Eyeball to eyeball
  • Mantid striking at image on computer screen
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  • Dr Ronny Rosner, an expert in insect visual neurophysiology, prepares to dissect a praying mantis in Dr Claire Rind’s insect lab at Newcastle University. This is part of a major new project in my lab, “Man, Mantis and Machine”, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The praying mantis is the only non-vertebrate known to have a form of 3D vision, which it uses to help it strike at prey. We want to understand the neuronal circuits in its brain which help it do this, in order to compare them to similar circuits in human beings and other animals, and to 3D vision algorithms in computers and robots. Ronny will be joining my lab next year to bring his expertise to bear on these questions.
  • Yoshifumi
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  • Top-down view. You can see the mantis leaning out to the right to try and pursue the bug.