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Orchid Praying Mantis with Prey

By teocali
My female Orchid Mantis Nymph (Hymenopus coronatus) with prey. Perching on lavender.

This species is characterized by brilliant colouring and a structure finely adapted for camouflage, mimicking parts of the orchid flower. The four walking legs resemble flower petals, the toothed front pair being used as in other mantises for grasping prey.
H. coronatus shows some of the most pronounced sexual dimorphism of any species of mantis; males can be less than half the size of females.
First stage nymphs mimic bugs of the family Reduviidae, which have a powerful bite and are foul tasting.
The mantis can change its colour between pink and brown, according to the colour of the background.
*Description courtesy of Wikipedia

Thank you all for your generous upport of yesterday's upload - always appreciated Smile

Tags: Captive Nature Prey Moth Female Close-up and macro Lavender Nymph Orchid Praying Mantis Hymenopus coronatus

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Comments


debu 6 India
9 Jul 2014 10:02AM
Lovely image and nicely presented.
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very well presented

David
Chinga Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2014 12:04PM
Wonderful insect! How curious! Grin
Sorry I have run out of awards... IB
tomcat 10 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2014 12:21PM
You seem to be having loads of fun with your new petsWink

Adrian
gary_d Plus
8 576 13 Wales
9 Jul 2014 1:33PM
Another well composed and presented image. - gary
Ted447 Plus
3 167 1 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2014 2:17PM
Lovely image. Ted. GrinGrin
ali63 Plus
4 739 1 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2014 2:30PM
Excellent image,

Ali
DonMc 7 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2014 4:50PM
Amazing!SmileSmileSmile
Don
tonyng Plus
6 8 2 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2014 5:05PM
Another classic shot.
Glostopcat Plus
10 255 2 England
11 Jul 2014 9:25PM
Wonderful colours and comp Sylvia, they must be fascinating creatures to observe

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