Praying mantis are sight to behold. These exquisite mantis have certain peculiar characteristics that set them apart from other insects. They can first turn their heads around in the same way as humans can. The other insects are unable to turn their heads because their necks are so straight. Additionally, praying mantis have adapted front legs that are specifically designed to trap prey and hold it closely. These arms are very strong and equipped with pointy spikes to keep a firm hold on the prey.
The senses of sight, scent, taste, feel, and hearing are all present in praying mantis. They do, however, depend on sight for the most part. When compared to the abilities of other insects, their sense of sight is incredible. They are one of the few insects to have stereo-vision, which allows them to measure distances correctly by seeing at both eyes at the same time.
1. Arizona Unicorn Mantis (Pseudovates arizonae)
Dark brown with black and light brown markings, the Unicorn Mantis is a beautiful creature. The legs are light and dark brown striped. The adults have dark brown bodies with green wings, as if fresh leaves are emerging on a tree. They have a little horn on their face (actually two cones close together). Their front legs are slightly bent and slender. The part of the body that connects the forelegs to the rest of the legs and body is as long, flat, and slender as a twig. Their stick camouflage is incredible. They can reach a length of about 6.5 to 7 cm, with no variation in height between the sexes.
2. Devil Flower Mantis (Idolomantis diabolica)
Devil Flower nymphs are glossy black when they are born. This is most likely to discourage predators by mimicking ants in nature. Nymphs that are older are beige or light brown in color. The hue is dull and there is no discernible pattern. When you’re an adult, the colors are utterly new and stunning. This mantis has white and green stripes on the exterior.
This mantis genus has light red, white, blue, and black stripes on the inside of its predatory arms. These colors are not visible when it is sleeping, so when it feels threatened, it will lift its body and point its arms upwards, revealing the vibrant colors.
3. Egyptian Pygmy Mantis (Miomantis paykullii)
When fully grown, an Egyptian Pygmy Mantis would be around one inch long. Males and females are about the same size, with females being slightly bulkier and heavier. This species of mantis can be light green, beige, light blue, or dark brown in color. The bodies of Egyptian Pygmy Mantises are devoid of any distinctive marks or color patterns.
4. Ghost Mantis (Phyllocrania paradoxa)
The dark body of the ghost mantis, which is decorated with leaf-like decorations, imitates withered branches. It has a striking asymmetrical cone on its head that appears to distort its body form to resemble a weed. In this way, it blends in with the dropped leaves in its natural habitat, Madagascar’s and Africa’s forests. They will hide from predators while waiting for their own prey.
Dark brown is the most common color for this praying mantis genus, but light brown and even green specimens are sometimes seen. The color of one’s skin is dictated by their surroundings; a more humid atmosphere results in a greener person. When fully grown, they are around 5 cm tall, with no variation in size between the sexes. Males have a more indented extension on the head.
5. Indian Flower Mantis (Creobroter pictipennis)
On most areas of the body, Indian Flower is a creamy white colour. Green-brown blotches can be seen on the top of the belly, and the legs are painted green and brown. When fully grown, the body is white with green highlights, the wings are green, and the eye patch is a striking yellow-white pattern intended to frighten predators away.
Adult females are approximately 4 cm tall, while males are approximately 3 cm long (approximately one inch). Adult males have legs that are longer than their belly and are long and slender. Adult females are larger and more rounded, with wings that reach only beyond the end of the abdomen.
6. Iridescent Bark Mantis (Metallyticus splendidus)
Prismatic The body of a bark mantis is short and oval, with a triangular head, thick anterior femora, round eyes, and clear antennae. Yellow marks can also be seen on the legs and vertex, as well as a depiction of the smoky, blackish wings. The coloration in males and females differs (males are blue-violet and females are golden-green).
Females are around 3.1 cm long whiles males measure 2.1 cm only.
7. Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus)
White with soft or light pink accents, the orchid mantis is a beautiful creature. Some people are entirely white, and others are completely pink, and even others are a blend. Depending on environmental factors such as humidity and sun, a mantis’ color will change in a matter of days. The lobes on this species’ legs resemble flower petals.
White and pink flowers in bushes and small trees make up its natural habitat. In this way, the mantis can avoid being noticed by predators such as birds while still catching pollinating insects drawn to the flowers. The Orchid Mantis’ first instar is dark orange with black legs and a black head. The nymphs are white with bright pink accents after the first molt. The amount of pink in a person’s body varies greatly not only between people, but also over time.
The male and female have different appearances: the adult male has white wings with a pink-orange body, virtually no lobes on the legs, and long wings, while the female’s color can change and her legs have big lobes. The female has a green patch on her back, while the male has a brownish spot instead of a green spot.
8. Spiny Flower Mantis (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii)
The legs of this flower mantis genus are white with green markings. The eyes are purple, ranging from lilac to deep purple depending on the lighting. As nymphs, these mantids have an orange dot on the top of their belly that looks like an eye which scares predators away. They have black and yellow ‘swirls’ on their wings as adults, which often resemble an eye.
When a spiny flower mantis is threatened, it will raise its wings to reveal its two eyes. The underwings, which are smaller than the top wings, are a bright yellow color. The spiny flower mantis is a stunning and delicate creature. When the nymphs are born, they are almost black. They are mainly orange-pink spotted after the L3 instar stage and turn more and more white with each subsequent molt.
9. Thistle Mantis (Blepharopsis mendica)
As adults, this praying mantis is creamy-white to beige in color with light green streaks and “veins” on the wings. The forearms of this mantis are protected by a thin pointed shield on its back. The front legs have orange and blue white spots on the inside. To discourage predators, these colors are shown in a provocative manner.
Males are slenderer, with wings that extend far beyond the end of the belly. Females have a larger prothorax and wings that only reach to the end of the abdomen, making them bulkier. Adult males have feathered antennae, while females have slender antennae.
10. Wandering Violin Mantis (Gongylus gongylodes)
The Violin on the Go Mantis gets its name from the fact that the adults resemble a violin. The soundboard of a violin would be their body, the top of the violin would be their back, and the long and narrow midsection of the mantis would be the violin’s spine. Wandering Violin is available in a variety of colors, ranging from light brown to dark brown.
Its body is covered with appendages that look like dried leaves. The mantis uses this as disguise. The camouflage of young nymphs and adults is less pronounced than that of older nymphs and adults. When the nymphs are born they already resemble the parents in body shape. Their color is light brown.
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