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A White Orchid Mantis: Flower petal-friendly camouflage

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Meet the Orchid Mantis. Native to Malaysia, they camouflage with flower petals, specifically white and pink ones. “In this way the mantis can remain unseen for predators such as birds and at the same time can catch pollinating insects that are attracted to the flowers… An adult female is approximately 6 to 7 cm long, while the male is only about 2.5 cm.”

These two featured pets appear to be very happy ones — climbing, hanging upside down, cleaning their faces, eating flies, blending in with flower petals and generally hanging out. Quite beautiful.

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