Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus)
This beautiful insect is the most sought-after praying mantis. Resembling an flower, it is pink and white with lobes on its legs that look like flower petals. Some individuals are more pink and some are more white but these mantises can change color in a matter of days, depending on environmental conditions.
Native to Southeast Asia, the orchid mantis grows to 2.75 inches for females and about an inch for males. Females mature slower than males due to their larger body size.
Important: This species is not native to the United States. Please do not release into the environment.
Photos (1) by Apisit Wilaijit; (2-4) by Natalie Gagnon