The world is filled with fascinating creatures that we have never even discovered. This particular bug is something you’ve probably never encountered in your life.
The Orchid Mantis resembles a gorgeous pink orchid. It is a scarce bug. This unique one is native only to Malaysia and can be found on various plants in tropical and humid forests.
Now, aren’t you fooled by their looks? Although they are beautiful and delicate, they are also quite dangerous. These bugs use a hunting tactic known as aggressive mimicry.
They climb to the tops of flowering plants for camouflage and wait patiently for their prey to approach them. The prey is deceived that the orchid mantis is a harmless flower. Immediately after, the orchid mantis attacked as soon as the prey approached and had its guard down.
Their appearance resembles a flower, which is helpful in hunting and even when hiding from the eyes of predators. Bees and butterflies approach the orchid mantis for pollination.
They don’t know that they are not sitting on a flower. This is why the orchid mantis is a master of camouflage. They feed on small insects that are relatively easy to hunt using their aggressive mimicry techniques.
Interestingly, these deadly bugs even hunt larger prey such as frogs, mice, and lizards. Despite their small size, their effective hunting tactics act as a secret weapon that allows them to outmaneuver their prey.
Adult female orchid mantises are about 6cm long, and males only grow to half that length. Although dangerous, these creatures are very short-lived. Their average lifespan is less than 8 months. They have become quite popular pets because of their enchanting appearance.
Is it an orchid? Or is it a bug?
Camouflage as its best.
The beauty of nature right here in one picture.