Photo of the day: Nature’s masquerade

2014-01-07 12:07

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The beautiful Orchid Mantis is a rare and harmless creature, but it could scare the hell out of you for mistaking it for a flower. 

Mimicking the surroundings of its habitat, the Orchid flower, the Orchid Mantis is by far the most beautiful of all camouflaging creatures, using its floral inspired appearance as a way to hide and trap meals- prey. 

According to National Geographic , the orchid mantis’ story dates back to 1879, when Australian journalist James Hingsley came back from Indonesia with tales of a carnivorous orchid that enveloped butterflies in its petals and consumed them alive. Hingsley hadn’t actually discovered an insect-eating flower.  He, like those butterflies, was fooled by the orchid mantis (Hymenopus coronatus).  In today’s photo of the day by bohemiandchic, we explore the beauty in nature’s masquerade, the picturesque orchid mantis.

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