Malaysian Orchid Mantis

Hymenopus coronatus

''Hymenopus coronatus'', also called ''H. bicornis'', is a mantis from the rain forests of Southeast Asia. It is known by various common names including ''walking flower mantis'' and '' orchid mantis''. It is one of several species known as flower mantises from their resemblance and behaviour.
Pink Magic Mantis «Hymenopus coronatus» | Malaysian Orchid Mantis
Phanom Bencha, Thailand

The Malaysian Orchid Mantis, lives on top of the Orchid Blossoms in the rainforests of Indonesia to Malaysia. Their camouflage is so perectly adapted to their surroundings that it is almost impossible to say were the plant ends and the insect starts.

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This species is characterized by brilliant coloring and a structure finely adapted for camouflage, mimicking parts of the orchid flower. The four walking legs resemble flower petals, the toothed front pair being used as in other mantises for grasping prey.

''H. coronatus'' shows some of the most pronounced sexual dimorphism of any species of mantis; males can be less than half the size of females.

First stage nymphs mimic bugs of the family Reduviidae, which have a powerful bite and are foul tasting.

The mantis can change its colour between pink and brown, according to the colour of the background.
All you can eat? Milly the Orchid Mantis deciding to stuff her face (again). I had read that mantis species are capable of capturing multiple items of pray at one time but I wasn't expecting to see this from my L3 instar mantis Milly. She caught 3 flies in quick sucession. Unfortunatly this picture only shows 2, the one in the left arm (her right) is still alive and caught in a deadly headlock. She had 2 in the right arm (her left) and you can see that she's made light work of them both. Very surprised at how efficient she is at killing things and how voracious her appetite is!

Capturing fly 1/3 (Pity I couldn't get her capturing all 3!)

Having a clean following her stuffing her face. Geotagged,Hymenopus coronatus,Malaysian Orchid Mantis,Summer,United Kingdom


''Hymenopus coronatus'' is found in the rain forests of Southeast Asia, including Malaysia and Indonesia.
Orchid Mantis Sub Adult This is Malèna - the sub adult Malaysian Orchid Mantis. Hymenopus coronatus,Malaysian Orchid Mantis


The species is carnivorous, mainly catching other insects. In the laboratory it prefers lepidopteran prey.


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SpeciesH. coronatus