Mantis waiting for prey at the flowers of Croton guianensis

by Heiko Hentrich

Postdoc / Lecturer


As a floral ecologist, I spend much time sitting in front of flowers for the observation of the pollinators. During my observations I am fascinated by the amazing pollination mechanisms nature evolved and by the behavior of the insects. Sometimes, I get surprised by some extraordinary visitors, like in the picture shown. A beautiful mantis, which was perfectly adapted to the flowers with its body morphology and its camouflage color pattern, was waiting for prey: unwary flower visitors.

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