The Devil's Flower Mantis is one of the largest species of praying mantis, possibly the largest that mimics flowers. This species occurs in Central and East Africa, most notably in Tanzania.

The adult Devil's Flower Mantis is white-and-green striped on the outside. When threatened, it will raise its body and point its arm upwards, showing off its magnificent colors of red, white, purple and black.

Its antennas can detect chemical cues, motion, and odors when pointed outward. A carnivore, it prefers to eat airborne insects.

Bug Facts

  • Scientific Name: Idolomantis diabolica
  • Size: 10 to 13 cm (4 to 5 in)
  • Diet: Flies, mosquitoes, beetles, and other small flying insects

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