September 2021 Bug Box (Orchid Mantis)

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Did you miss the Hymenopus coronatus-themed Bug Box? A few more Deluxe boxes are available now, featuring two enamel pins, a vinyl holographic sticker, an iron-on patch, a magnetic fact card, and a stamping kit.

An exceptional ambush predator, the orchid mantis is also a master of deception. It fools both prey and would-be predators by mimicking the wild orchids of its tropical Southeast Asian habitat.

Climbing up to a blossom, the delicate-looking mantis blends in perfectly and waits patiently. Wandering insects approach, expecting a sweet treat of nectar, and are caught in a flash by the hunter’s raptorial claws.

It’s not just bugs that are fooled - human naturalists have been known to mistake this mantis for a carnivorous flower. Fortunately for them, they were all too big to be eaten.

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