The Orchid Mantis
When an insect lands on the flower to collect nectar, the mantis grabs it with lightning speed and quickly eats it.
This same stillness and camouflage hides the orchid mantis from predators. These physical and behavioral adaptations help the orchid mantis survive in its habitat.
Leaf mimicry is thought to play an important role in defense against predators. After hatching, they climb food plants, becoming green after feeding on leaves. Leaf mimicry often is elaborate among the leaf insects, with the insects’ wings and legs closely imitating leaf colour and form.