Mantids Part One: Blue Winged Mantis

I’m starting a three-part series on mantids, an order of insects that exist in many textures and colors worldwide. The mantid pictured above is a Prohierodula picta, or blue-winged mantis male. Some mantids have vibrantly colored wings that they use for “threat display”, they flash the colored underside of their wings to shock predators, and often stick their arms up to appear larger.

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