Inspiration for Aliens of Hollywood
This was my second encounter with this master of camouflage. This time it was one of the memorable coincidences. We were on short night trail, and my friend was asking me about a mantis species he saw. From what he told me I said it can be Indian rose mantis. And literally a moment later, pointing my torch at tip of a bush I asked him, "Was it like this?"
We both were shocked and full of joy. This was superb specimen as it was hiding itself very well in those dried vegetation patches. One of very awesome fauna species who are best at their camouflage.
''Gongylus gongylodes'', also known as the ''wandering violin mantis'', ''Ornate mantis'' or ''Indian rose mantis'', is an insect of the order Mantodea. This is one of the more bizarre looking mantises. Characterized by extremely slender limbs with large appendages. It is not a particularly aggressive species and often kept as a pet by hobbyists. It feeds primarily on flying insects. Its native range is in southern India and Sri Lanka. It can reach sizes of up to 11 cm. The males of the species.. more