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Asian Ant mantis nymph

Odontomantis planiceps

Description:

It's very tiny species who mimic like big ant , its front legs fully red with rest of full black body .

Habitat:

Scrub , Hibiscus rosa sinensis plant

Notes:

It's very active and very shy , most of time rest and wait for preys(ants )

1 Species ID Suggestions

Asian Ant Mantis
Odontomantis planiceps Haan 1842 Odontomantis planiceps Haan 1842-Encyclopedia of Life


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2 Comments

ritul.sathwara303
ritul.sathwara303 a month ago

Ya sir ant mantis truly amazing for its mimicking for size and coloration as well as same feature like big ants , I dont know same species kill one another but may be cannibalism its also happen in this species like other mantises too .

pramod.mitikiri
pramod.mitikiri a month ago

I think it's a form of Batesian mimicry. But still, I find it pretty funny considering the ant mantis is imitating the appearance of a black ant (down to the mandibles), and it preys on black ants.

It makes me wonder if sometimes ant mantises can mistaken other ant mantises for black ants and accidentally try to eat them. Can that happen?

ritul.sathwara303
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Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Spotted on Nov 26, 2021
Submitted on Nov 26, 2021

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