The Orchid Mantis

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The Orchid Mantis, scientifically known as Hymenopus coronatus, is a very unique insect known for both its rare beauty and exotic color. Shaped much like the well known praying mantis, the Orchid Mantis is pink and white with lobe shaped legs that resemble flower petals of the Orchid. While some are entirely white or pink, many are mixed in color which helps to camouflage the insect from dangerous predators.

The adult female Orchid Mantis varys in lengths from 6 to 7 centimeters long, while the male is much smaller at 2.5 centimeters. This species live primarily in flowers and small bushes. They usually feast on an abundance of smaller flying insects. The insect is highly favored by insect breeders, as they are rare and extremely expensive. When approached by predators or humans, the Orchid Mantis will raise its head and spread its body to appear much larger and fend off its prey.




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