Orchid Mantis


Common name : Malaysian orchid mantis

Scientific name : Hymenopus coronatus

Family : Hymenopodidae

Native to : South-East Asia

Interesting fact : This insect is amongst the many species of insects that are known as flower mantis due to their resemblance to flowers.

The orchid mantis mimics the orchid flower. It is brightly coloured and has legs that resemble flower petals. Its diet is comprised of other insects. It uses its front legs, which are toothed to grasp its prey as it nears a flower. The orchid mantis can be found in the rainforest areas of South-East Asia. These insects can also change their colour varying from brown to pink, depending on their background.

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