Stunning Walking Orchid Mantis
Hymenopus coronatus, also called H. bicornis, is a mantis from the rain forests of southeast Asia. It is known by various common names including walking flower mantis and (pink) orchid mantis. It is one of several species known as flower mantises from their resemblance and behaviour.
This species is characterized by brilliant coloring 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.
The Walking Flower Mantis shows some of the most pronounced sexual dimorphism of any species of mantis; males can be less than half the size of females.
The mantis can change its colour between pink and brown, according to the colour of the background.
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Photographer: Thea Van Diepen