Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Mantodea
Family: Hymenopodidae

Genus/species: Hymenopus coronatus 

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: The Orchid Mantis look like an orchid. With white/pink projections over their legs, neck, and abdomen. The four walking legs mimic flower petals. Color changes with maturity to match their surroundings. As adults both species possess fully grown wings, and the male can fly very well.
Sexual dimorphism is marked. The males may be less than half the size of females.

Length of females up to 6 cm (2.4 in), males up to 3 cm (1.2 in)

DISTRIBUTION: Malaysia, Indonesia and Borneo

DIET IN THE WILD: H. coronatus is carnivorous feeding on flying insects.

Male mantis below

REPRODUCTION: During the 1st instar hatchlings, orchid mantises resemble ants with black bodies and red legs. Only after they have shed their skin one time (2nd instar), they become white. After a few more sheds, they will get their final color, white or pink, males with a brownish-purple “necklace”, and females with a green necklace.


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