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This page is about the episode. For the species of mantis, see Kratt's Lichen Mantis.

"Liturgusa Krattorum" is the 1st episode of Season 4 of the PBS Kids show Wild Kratts. It is the 93rd episode of the series overall. It premiered on January 16, 2017.

In the episode, while in the Amazon rainforest, the Wild Kratts are overjoyed when they learn about Liturgusa krattorum, a recently-discovered species of praying mantis named in honor of the Kratt brothers. The Wild Kratts then head out to learn more about this praying mantis, which is endemic to the Amazon. However, Zach Varmitech, Donita Donata, and Gourmand also learn of L. krattorum. Incensed that a species was named after the Kratt brothers and not after one of them, the villains plot to work together to capture L. krattorum for use in their own traditional schemes.

Plot

The episode begins with a live action segment. The Kratt brothers head to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to check out praying mantis specimens. Afterwards, they ask their "What if?" question, and the show transitions into the animated segment.

The Tortuga lands in the Amazon rainforest. Out come the Kratt brothers, Chris and Martin, who tiptoe around until they find a jaguar mother and her kitten. They recognize the kitten as Shadow, whom they met in previous adventures. Chris then remarks, "He's growing up into a real hunter, a true Panthera onca." Jimmy, puzzled by the term "Panthera onca," asks, "Why don't you just call him a 'jaguar'?" His teammates explain to him that Panthera onca is the scientific name for jaguar, and that every species has its own scientific name. All of a sudden, the Wild Kratts receive news that a scientist named a recently-discovered species of Amazonian praying mantis in honor of the Kratt brothers: Liturgusa krattorum. While the Wild Kratts celebrate, inventor Zach Varmitech is spying on them. Jealous, he calls Donita Donata and Gourmand to tell them the news, saying it is unfair that the Kratt brothers get to have a species named after them but they do not. The villains unequivocally agree and meet Zach at his skyscraper in the city, where they plot to work together to capture L. krattorum for use in their own traditional schemes.

Aviva and the Kratt brothers head out into the rainforest on Buzz Bikes to learn about L. krattorum. They land near a tall tree and use the Miniaturizer to miniaturize themselves. They then hide the Miniaturizer under some leaves before going up the tree. It is not long before an L. krattorum finds them. Eyeing their bug-themed transport, the L. krattorum scurries towards them and strikes the Kratt brothers. While in its grasp the Kratt brothers note the L. krattorums physical characteristics and watch as another L. krattorum runs down an insect. Using this information and a body scan, Aviva finishes a pair of Creature Power Discs and throws them at the Kratt brothers, who activate their Creature Power Suits.

While in its grasp, Chris notes the physical characteristics of L. krattorum.

Gourmand lands his plane on the Tortuga, followed by Zach's plane and Donita's plane. When Jimmy and Koki see them, Gourmand skillfully descends to ground level and takes Koki's Creature Pod and crushes it with his hands, while Donita uses a beam from her plane to disable the Tortuga's communications. Leaving Jimmy, and Koki by themselves, the villains follow Gourmand as he uses his nose to track down Aviva and the Kratt brothers.

Tired of being small, Aviva heads down to the ground to return to normal size. Once she reaches the ground, she meets Shadow, but also sees the villains arrive at the tree where the Kratt brothers are. Gourmand pulls out a bug net and climbs up the tree, while Donita and her henchmen, Dabio, use suction to collect L. krattorum. At first, Zach orders his Zachbots to suck up L. krattorum, but when Shadow pounces on his shoe, he changes his mind and instead plans to reassign the jaguar's scientific name to give the Kratt brothers a "double whammy."

Aviva warns the Kratt brothers of the villains' presence, and they fly down to stop them. Martin chews through Gourmand's net, releasing the L. krattorum he caught. While trying to catch Martin, Gourmand accidentally breaks the jar holding Donita's L. krattorum, which all fly away. Back on the ground Aviva finds the Miniaturizer and returns to normal size. However, she ends up in front of Zach and they fight over the Miniaturizer. The Kratt brothers then use an opportune time to land on the Miniaturizer and to enlarge themselves. Zach, intimidated by the fact that they have a bug Creature Power, gives up on his plan to reassign the jaguar's scientific name and asks the brothers what the jaguar's real name is. Martin tells Zach that the jaguar's name is Shadow, Chris says that jaguar is its name, and Aviva joins in and says that the scientific name is Panthera onca. Zach admits that the jaguar's scientific name is Panthera onca and then gives the Kratt brothers the jaguar back and then leaves. After the villains flee, Jimmy and Koki arrive and offer help, but since the villains have been defeated the Kratt brothers instead invite them to learn more about L. krattorum.

The episode transitions into the concluding live action segment. The Kratt brothers meet Dr. Gavin Svenson, the entomologist who discovered and named Liturgusa krattorum. Dr. Svenson shows them L. krattorum specimens and tells them about the discoveries he made on L. krattorum biology. Afterwards, the Kratt brothers conclude the episode by saying "Keep on creature adventuring; we'll see you on the creature trail!"

Characters

Clockwise from left: Donita Donata, Gourmand, and Zach Varmitech and his Zachbots.

Animals

Animation

Note: Featured animals are in bold.

The Kratt brothers approaching Shadow and his mom.

Live Action Images and Videos

Note: Live action animals are linked to Wikipedia

Mentioned

Note: Mentioned animals are linked to Wikipedia

Live Action

Note: Live action animals are linked to Wikipedia

Specimens

Trivia

  • This is the first episode where Gourmand is mentioned by his full name, Gaston Gourmand.
  • The termite in this episode looks exactly like the one from the genus Macrotermes, which is found throughout Africa and Southeast Asia.
  • This episode reveals that Koki is very strong.
  • This episode is based on a real-life event in 2014 where Dr. Gavin Svenson described 19 new species of praying mantis, including a mantis which would later become L. krattorum, and named it after the Kratt brothers. The live-action outro even shows Svenson showing the Kratts his discoveries on L. krattorum, and the credits give a special thanks to Dr. Svenson.
  • This is the third time Zach steals the Miniaturizer. However, he didn't necessarily steal it. He was actually holding it the same time Aviva was holding it. Aviva was trying to keep it away from Zach because it belonged to her.
  • This episode reveals two things: The villains never team up because they can't decide which plane to take and they don't care about the environment, conservation, or recycling, though Donita said that three planes is a ridiculous waste of fuel.
  • This is the first time Martin and Chris say this dialogue in the animation version of Wild Kratts: "Hey, we're the Kratt brothers here, I'm Martin and I'm Chris." This dialogue usually comes in the beginning of the opening live-action part of Wild Kratts.
  • The hyacinth macaws on the Tortuga screen were referred to as Ara macao, the scientific name for scarlet macaw.

Key Facts and Creature Moments

  • There are about 2,500 known species of mantis in the world.
  • Every animal has a scientific name. The jaguar's scientific name, for example, is Panthera onca.
  • Liturgusa krattorum chasing down an insect.
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