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9 of the most absurd-looking mantis species

Malaysian orchid mantis: The orchid mantis is a pretty little species, with legs like petals and soft pink coloration. This insect hails from the Asian rain forest, where it hides in the orchids or among the trees, turning brown if the environment calls for it. Pretty though it may be, the main function for this mantis's looks is to lure in prey.

ORCHID MANTIS Family: Hymenopodidae Habitat: Rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia Fun Fact: As the orchid mantis gets older and continues to molt, the color of the insect starts to match more closely with the surrounding vegetation.