Outrageous Animal Adaptations: From Big-Eared Bats to Frill-Necked Lizards by Michael RosenA fish that walks on land, a frog that makes its own sunscreen, and an insect that can become invisible? Whether to avoid predators, to stalk prey, or to withstand extreme temperatures, Earths creatures have evolved some outrageous features and tricks to ensure survival.
For example, did you know that the geoduck (nope, its not a duck, its a clam) can live as long as 160 years? And that the aye-aye, a nocturnal primate, uses echolocation and a long, spindly finger to find and dig up food? Or that in its deep-ocean habitat, the vampire squid uses bioluminescence to startle predators? These are among the many animals that show evolution and adaptation at work.
The Devil's Flower Mantis , also known as the Giant Devil's Flower Mantis , is one of the largest species of praying mantis, and is believed to be the largest to mimic flowers. Females grow to be about 13 centimetres about 5 inches in length and males to about 10 centimetres about 4 inches. Its threat display is magnificently colored, with red, white, blue, purple and black. The anatomical structure of Idolomantis diabolica is almost identical to species of the mantodea order, however, the morphology of each species varies according to the native habitat. The head of the Devil's Flower Mantis contains three vital components: compound eyes, antennae, and mandibles. The compound eyes, composed of thousands of individual photoreceptor cells, facilities sight.
Idolomantis diabolica, commonly known as the Devil's Flower Mantis or Giant Devil's Flower Mantis, is one of the largest species of praying mantis, if not the largest that mimic flowers.
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The world consists of many interesting insects. This large mantis is part of the family Empusidae and order Mantodea. These mantises are terrestrial insects which usually live near flowers making it easier to complete their predator behavior. The head houses very important parts such as compound eyes, antennae, and mandibles. These parts help the insect see, sense, and capture and eat prey. Idolomantis diabolica is a common species and is even considered an impressive pet.