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Spiny Flower Mantis (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergi)

By teocali
Pseudocreobotra wahlbergi, or Spiny Flower Mantis, is a small Flower Mantis (1.5 inches or 38 millimetres) native to southern and eastern Africa. It mimics a flower in order to attract pollinating prey and is very aggressive in it's behaviour.
This one is a sub-adult female nymph who will develop wings at her next moult. Perching on a lavender flower head, it gives you some idea of scale - she is very tiny.

Many thanks for your generous support of my last image - really appreciated Smile

Tags: Nature Female Insect Close-up and macro Nymph Praying mantis Lavender flower Pseudocreobotra wahlbergi Spiny flower mantis

Voters: RobertTurley, PhilT2, Golgoon and 41 more

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PhilT2 Plus
8 443 29 England
11 Jul 2014 2:18PM
Now that is something you don't see every day............superbly composed image

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Greyheron 16 282 7 England
11 Jul 2014 2:42PM
Amazing little creature Sylvia - I can see how you are both drawn to them…

11 Jul 2014 3:10PM
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
11 Jul 2014 3:14PM
She is absolutely gorgeous! "Aggressive"! Look at that little face - she's innocent!!
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
11 Jul 2014 3:40PM
How wonderful is nature to create something as unusual and beautiful as this and just as wonderful of you to capture it so well.

Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2014 3:47PM
Wonderful camouflage! She is such a beauty that praying manthis...
Good image! Grin
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
11 Jul 2014 4:08PM
Wonderful capture Sylvia. A very curious little creature. Great shot.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Richsr 11 91 223 England
11 Jul 2014 6:04PM
Like the good details and colours in this Sylvia, a well worked image
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2014 7:33PM
Great shot, Sylvia.
Trev_B 11 151 68 England
11 Jul 2014 8:12PM
Woooooow that's some disguise…… well done Sylvia, spot on.

ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2014 8:13PM
Top class image,

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2014 9:08PM
Your new adventure is producing some fantastic images Sylvia

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
11 Jul 2014 9:22PM
What a beautifully coloured and marked insect Sylvia, a really stunning image of it
tonyng 8 10 2 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2014 11:25PM
Whoah! Amazing. Great shot Sylvia.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
12 Jul 2014 2:31AM
Wow! She's amazing! Must be female dressed like that. Excellent capture.
13 Jul 2014 12:32AM
A stunning shot and wonderful flower perch too!, amazing species and photo, Sylvia!Smile
JohnoP 12 2
13 Aug 2014 10:17PM
Simply extraordinary Sylvia! Smile John
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2014 10:25AM
What a beautiful little creature Sylvia.


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