Orchid Mantis

Orchid Mantis

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Credit: Dant Fenolio/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The Malaysian Orchid Mantis, Hymenopus coronatus, inhabits rainforests of southeast Asia and the Indo-Australian Archipelago. They have a colour and body plan designed to blend them in with the flowers they typically live on. This small predator sits in wait within a flower, sometimes an orchid flower, for a small insect to approach. They grab potential pray items with their grappling arms equipped with long spines. The spines hold onto prey items and make prey handling an easier prospect. This specimen was photographed in Thailand, 2011.

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Keywords: animal portrait, cryptic insect camouflage, flower mimic, hymenopodidae, hymenopus coronatus, insect predator, malaysian orchid mantis, mantidae, mimicry, orchid mantis, pink orchid mantid, sit and wait predator, southeast asia insects, southeast asian, thai fauna, thailand insects, thailand wildlife

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