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Mantids Part Two: Idolomantis diabolica Male


My second post focuses only on the male of the Devil’s Flower Mantis, or Idolomantis diabolica. This is the closest biological representation I have ever seen of surreal, campy evil. Again the male is seen in threat display. The male has special antennae (that look like vertebrae), used to detect females using scent. The male is brightly colored (assumedly for threat display), and the female is only beige. Next post will be about the female Idolomantis diabolica.

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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.