Macrophoto of camouflaged mantis from Saudi Arabia

Macrophoto of camouflaged mantis from Saudi Arabia

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Macrophotograph of the mantis Blepharopsis mendica as seen camouflaged among plants. This mantis has undeveloped wings and relies on body colours and its shape for camouflage, rather than flight to escape predators or to trap prey. Its behaviour is to move slowly and carefully and so not be detected, or to remain quite still. The imitation of plants by animals is called phytomimesis. Blepharopsis mendica is otherwise known as the African mantis. This specimen came from Saudi Arabia.

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

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