Flower mantids

Vivid coloration, including bright pinks and greens, coupled with body ornamentation, allows these species to blend in perfectly with the flowers on which they rest, awaiting the arrival of prey. Some parts of the body, such as the legs, often have broad extensions that resemble leaves. The forewings may have colored bands or spirals, or conspicuous, circular marks that look rather like eye-spots. In female flower mantids, the wings arc sometimes short.

• I JFE CYCLE Eggs are laid in a case, typically attached to vegetation. Young nymphs tackle small prey as soon as their cuticle has hardened.

• OCCURRENCE In tropical regions all around the world, except Australia. On a wide variety of vegetation.

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