Interesting facts about the devils flower mantis
Outrageous Animal Adaptations: From Big-Eared Bats to Frill-Necked Lizards by Michael RosenA fish that walks on land, a frog that makes its own sunscreen, and an insect that can become invisible? Whether to avoid predators, to stalk prey, or to withstand extreme temperatures, Earths creatures have evolved some outrageous features and tricks to ensure survival.
For example, did you know that the geoduck (nope, its not a duck, its a clam) can live as long as 160 years? And that the aye-aye, a nocturnal primate, uses echolocation and a long, spindly finger to find and dig up food? Or that in its deep-ocean habitat, the vampire squid uses bioluminescence to startle predators? These are among the many animals that show evolution and adaptation at work.
Devil’s Flower Mantis (Idolomantis diabolica)
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 , possibly the largest that mimics flowers. It is the only species classified under the genus Idolomantis. Idolomantis diabolica is a large mantis of the family Empusidae. Females grow to be about 13 centimetres about 5 inches in length and males to about 10 centimetres about 4 inches. Its threat display is magnificently colored, with red, white, blue, purple and black. The basic anatomical structure of Idolomantis diabolica is similar to most species of the order Mantodea , however, the morphology of each species varies according to the native habitat, and this species is modified somewhat to enhance its floral mimicry. The head of Idolomantis diabolica contains three vital components: compound eyes , antennae , and mandibles.
Caring for a praying mantis, butterflies, stick insects and beetles
This may be one of the most famous mantis species: The Devils Flower Mantis or Idolomantis diabolica. This species is also infamous for its high price and difficulty in keeping and breeding. This mantis species occurs in Africa, most notably in Tanzania. Newborn nymphs of Idolomantis diabolica are shiny black in color. This is probably to mimic ants in nature, to deter predators. Older nymphs are beige to light brown in color. The color is pretty dull and without a clear pattern.
They can be found in areas that contain flowers, as these mantises are part of a group of mantises that imitate flowers for diabolical purposes. Females are bigger than males, reaching lengths of 13 cm, while males only get to 10 cm. It looks pretty impressive. The idea of impersonating a flower is based on the fact that insects like flowers. Flies, butterflies, moths and beetles are all attracted to bright, pretty flowers. The mantis will find a suitable plant with flowers on it, and then climb onto a flower. The insect will then grasp the stem with its hind legs and stay perfectly still.
Firstly, it should be noted that the magnificent Devils Flower Mantis, like many related species, displays sexual dimorphism. For example, the larger females can grow to about 5 in 13 cm in length. However, the smaller males only reach a length of about 4 in 10 cm. In color, the insect typically shows either a rather dull light brown, or combinations of green shades, depending on location, for camouflage. However, when threatened, it opens its wings, which show combinations of white, red, purple, blue, and black colors.