Descriptive of Orchid Mantis

Grasshopper is an insect that is often found in everyday life. One of the grasshoppers is Hymenopus coronatus, also called H. bicornis, is a mantis from the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. It is known by various common names including walking flower mantis and (pink) orchid mantis. This grasshopper can live in tropical and subtropical regions (not too hot and cold). Mantis Orchid is dominant in Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.

Orchid Mantis is one of the few mantis that are similar to orchids. Orchid Mantis is very faintly colored so it really looks like a flower. It is not wrong to assume that orchid grasshoppers are camouflage experts. Females can reach an overall length of 4 inches while males average about 2 inches. Unlike males, females display rich creamy white feathers with several prominent brown patches on them.

Because his body is disguised as a flower, Orchid Mantis tends to choose flowers as a hunting ground. For a simple reason; grasshopper orchids become their own flowers, they don’t need to hide. While they rarely live around flowers when they are starving, they like to move up and down plant branches. They tend to hang on flowers using hind legs. Sometimes mantis will crawl from the side and remain silent just to tempt any bug to eat nectar.

Orchid Mantis is a carnivore. The main food is insects such as consuming fruit flies, bees, crickets, lizards, turtles, birds, mice, frogs, beetles and other flies. They can also prey as big as Dipteran flies. They can sometimes show cannibalistic behavior because men are only half the size of women.

Mantis orchids are most likely bred in captivity because they make pets quite popular. Because it looks pretty like a flower. Humans take advantage of its beauty.

Reference:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hymenopus_coronatus

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