MALAYSIAN ORCHID MANTIS - 1st Instar
Hymenopus coronatus is from Malaysia, Indonesian, and Sumatran rain forests. They thrive in humid south Asian rain forests. They can be found on papaya trees, orchids, or frangipani trees with flowers. Adults will eat anything they can catch; including small lizards, bees without stingers, house flies, butterflies, moths and other non-venomous flying insects.
This species is characterized by brilliant and beautiful coloring and unusual structure; their four walking legs resemble flower petals, and the coloration of the bodies tends to match the environment in which they were raised.
Young nymphs resemble ants with orange and black bodies. As the mantis grows in its environment, its color comes to more closely match the coloration of its surroundings with each passing molt. It has been theorized that humidity and intensity of light play a large role in the final coloration of the adult.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hymenopus_coronatus
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