Animals and insects that look like beautiful flowers deceive in a unique and powerful way. So be careful when you bend to sniff flowers, as some might actually be an animal or an insect.
Margaret Neville, a farm owner in South Africa, was walking in her garden when she noticed that something resembling a flower was moving in a lavender bush. She approached and discovered that it was a fascinating insect that looked nothing like what she had ever seen before.
This delicate-looking creature is called a spiny flower mantis or Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii. It is a species of praying mantis that is found in sub-Saharan Africa. This species has perfectly adapted to camouflage in floral environments.
Neville shared the photo with her friend, Kerri Martinaglia. She was equally impressed.
“When I saw her, I thought she was an exquisite work of art,” Martinaglia told The Dodo.
“She has spent the entire month of September living on my lavender,” Neville said. “She is still there now.”
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