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  • Christine Waters

    An adult African Spiny Flower Mantis displaying fake "eyes" on its wings as a threatening display. Many praying mantis' have the ability to mimic their environment in this manner. | Igor Siwanowicz

  • Lynette Mary Moon

    Spiny Flower mantis Looks like a butterfly though.............

  • Artsy Phartsie

    photo, bug, insect, praying mantis

  • Chris Stephenson

    Okay, now that I have your attention... Spiny Flower Mantis …: Photo by Photographer Igor Siwanowicz - photo.net

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fabulous mantis - The English common name for any species in the order is "praying mantis", because of the typical "prayer-like" posture with folded fore-limbs, although the eggcorn "preying mantis" is sometimes used in reference to their predatory habits. In Europe and other regions, the name "praying mantis" refers to only a single species, Mantis religiosa

Mantis, "....and modeling from our spring wedding collection...."

Teufelsblume Idolomantis diabolica, commonly known as the Devil's Flower Mantis or Giant Devil's Flower Mantis, is one of the largest species of praying mantis, if not the largest that mimic flowers. It is the only species classified under the genus Idolomantis. Its threat display is magnificently colored, with red, white, blue, purple and black.

green mantis (a "flower mantis" simulating foilage) ...also showing "pseudopupils" in mantis's huge compound eyes (dark spots that appear to be pointed toward observers and move when they do, but are only surfaces of the particular tubelike ommatidia that absorb the light (rather than reflect it) when observer is looking straight into those few ommatidia

( Sooooooo, is he singing the song "Fame" as he is strutting his (her? ) stuff? ASW) Flower Mantis

Giant devil's flower mantis (Idolomantis diabolica) The giant devil's flower mantis is sometimes referred to as the "king of all mantids," owing both to its size and to its attractiveness.

Devil's Flower Mantis (Idolomantis diabolica). Photo by Igor Siwanowicz.

Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii female, spiny flower mantis

Amazing. Devil's Flower Mantis. Did I say amazing?