ORCHID MANTIS Family: Hymenopodidae Habitat: Rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia Fun Fact: As the orchid mantis gets older and continues to molt, the color of the insect starts to match more closely with the surrounding vegetation.
A mantis appears to have struck up an very unlikely friendship with a tiny insect. you know the little bug is dinner. Photographer Nordin Seruyan took several shots of the unusual pairing after finding them in his back garden in Borneo, Indonesia.
The orchid mantis is a pretty little species, with legs like petals and soft pink coloration. This insect hails from the Asian rain forest, where it hides in the orchids or among the trees, turning brown if the environment calls for it. Pretty though it may be, the main function for this mantis's looks is to lure in prey. Photo: Roger Meerts/Shutterstock
Spiny flower mantis (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii ) just few hours before imaginal moulting - you can see the patterns on the compressed wings through the thin exoskleleton. by `Blepharopsis' on deviantart