Devil´s flower mantis (Idolomantis diabolica)
Devil´s flower mantis is one of the largest species of praying mantis, possibly the largest that mimics flowers. They are native to Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda. In the event of being confronted by a predator, the Idolomantis diabolica initiates a deimatic display in an attempt “to scare off or momentarily distract a predator”. In the presence of prey, the Idolomantis diabolica, impersonating a flower, remains motionless. The objective is to seduce the insect into it’s striking zone. In this zone, the Idolomantis diabolica utilizes the tibia portion of its leg to grasp and maintain a strong grip on the prey. The dietary preference of the Idolomantis diabolica is exclusive to airborne insects, specifically flies, moths, butterflies and beetles.
photo credits: Igor Siwanowicz, shaggybevo.com,photo.net
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