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Elegance Praying Mantis

Caliris elegans


Small Praying Mantis, around 3 cm in body size. It was ordinary looking, all green, until I saw her wings. This doesn't looks like a threat display, but rather, she was flying during wet weather, and when she landed, one of her wings were still opened and I just managed to get 2 shots of it. Unfortunately, not the best of of situation as my flash didn't work and it was getting dark (that's when this critters comes out to hunt), so lighting was with my torch light.


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AlbertKang 5 years ago

Yes, @JasonZhu, its a Female.

JasonZhu 5 years ago

Caliris elegans

AlbertKang 5 years ago

Thanks @DrNamgyal. This one is not as lovely as the Orchid Mantis which perfectly camouflage as an Orchid. Only saw them in Butterfly Farms and not in the wild yet :(

Thanks too, @Jill, got lucky with it :)

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 5 years ago

Flower on a mantis!

JillBlack 5 years ago

Love the wings Albert great shot

AlbertKang 5 years ago

Thanks, @Agnes and yes, the wings are lovelyly :)

Lovely wings! reminded me of the colours of the water hyacinth. :)

AlbertKang 5 years ago

Thanks, @glbnoah109 :)

glbnoah109 5 years ago

Very beautiful shot.

AlbertKang 5 years ago

Thanks, @Ashley and yes, you will hardly see the wings when they fly.
But quite a few species of Praying Mantis with wings shows a threat-display by opening up their wings, and that's when you can see interesting colours and patterns. Not all, some are just plain white membrane on the wings.

Thanks too, @Sukanya.
There are a lot of species of Praying Mantis with wings that have colourful wings with patterns. Next time you come across a winged Mantis species, try to check them out ;)

SukanyaDatta 5 years ago

Did not know they had such pretty wings.

AshleyT 5 years ago

What a pretty wing! Rarely get a good look at them since they fly so quickly. Great shots as always, Albert :)

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Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Spotted on Dec 27, 2015
Submitted on Dec 28, 2015

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