Camouflaged praying mantis from Saudi Arabia

Camouflaged praying mantis from Saudi Arabia

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Praying mantis from Saudi Arabia camouflaged among plants. This mantis has undeveloped wings and relies on body colours and shape for camouflage, rather than flight to escape predators. Its behaviour is to move slowly and carefully and so not be seen, or to remain quite still. This type of imitation of plants is called phytomimesis.

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Keywords: animal, camouflage, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, mantis, mimicry, nature, phytomimesis, saudi arabia, type, wildlife, zoology

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