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The orchid mantid is a praying mantis named for its resemblance to an orchid flower. Its four walking legs look like flower petals. Hidden in plain sight, the mantid lashes out and grabs hold of unsuspecting prey with its spiked forelegs.

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Did You Know?

Research suggests that the females' strategy of hunting pollinating insects shaped the two known species' evolution, leading to large females that resemble flowers and small males adept at hiding.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Hymenopus coronatus

Southeast Asia

Tropical rainforest

About 1 year

Zoo Location:
World of the Insect

Insects and lizards