From afar, this may actually look like a flower, but upon closer inspection, you’ll see that it’s an insect, the orchid mantis to be exact. It’s the only insect that mimics flower to catch prey and hide from predators. According to The Daily Mail: “A mantis can change color in a matter of days, depending on the environmental conditions like humidity and light conditions.” Continue reading for a video and more information.

Professor O’Hanlon and Marie Herberstein from Macquarie University, along with Gregory Holwell from the University of Auckland mounted an expedition to Malaysia to test this theory, and reported that they found that the body of the creature was attractive to flying insects, demonstrating how its flower-like appearance has evolved to lure in unsuspecting pollinators searching for nectar in flowers.


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