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Flower Mantis

Creobroter

Description:

Flower Mantis is a common name given to various species of praying mantis that mimic flowers. Seems like this little one could be a nymph of Harpagomantis tricolor.

Notes:

this little one looked like someone spray-painted a praying mantis. He was tiny, less than a half inch long, and very shy. We played hide and seek and chase all round the petal of this flower - an adenium - for a long while before I got this shot!


2 species ID suggestions

Vishu
Vishu 2 years ago
praying mantis
Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 8 months ago
Flower Mantis
Creobroter

14 Comments

pamsai
pamsai 8 months ago

Well that's another one cleared up and identified! Thanks all...

pamsai
pamsai 8 months ago

thank you Mr Goldfish! I will change it to your ID...Many thanks.

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 8 months ago

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binomial_no...
Harpagomantis tricolour are from Africa. Creobroter live in India.
Harpagomantis tricolour are tiny, maybe thinner in width than your pinkie finger. Creobroter are larger but some species of Creobroter are kind of small. Yours in your picture is a nymph so it might be small.
Video of Creobroter.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYNRxvJCV...
Harpagomantis tricolour pictures.
http://www.mantodeenforum.de/index.php?p...

pamsai
pamsai 8 months ago

I have 2 ID's for this flower Mantis, Harpagomantis tricolor and Creobroter. Any help would be gratefully accepted...

pamsai
pamsai 8 months ago

thanks Maria dB and oxyjack for your comments of a year ago that I have just now noticed! Sorry...

pamsai
pamsai 8 months ago

Sorry Ashish, someone just gave me a new ID for this mantis and I noticed your comment of a year ago. Not sure what Binomal ID means, and the link now longer seems relevant. Any comment?

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 8 months ago

Not Harpagomantis tricolour. I think it is Creobroter.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 2 years ago

Pam.. This is Binomial ID...
http://www.gurdersmantis.com/harpagomant...

Maria dB
Maria dB 2 years ago

your patience paid off!

oxyjack
oxyjack 2 years ago

Yes, this is a flower mantis. Instead of looking like leaves to camouflage their presence, they look like flowers. Orchid mimicking mantids are a good example. http://www.oddee.com/_media/imgs/article...

Vishu
Vishu 2 years ago

praying mantis are of many colors and sizes.

Vishu
Vishu 2 years ago

yaa , but those called common praying mantis.

pamsai
pamsai 2 years ago

thanks Vishu, but aren't praying mantis green, and bigger?

harsuame
harsuame 2 years ago

Fant√°stico...

Tamil Nadu, India

Lat: 12.23, Long: 79.07

Spotted on Mar 15, 2012
Submitted on Mar 15, 2012

Spotted for mission

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