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With legs that resemble flower petals, the Malaysian orchid mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) blends in perfectly with its floral platforms, catching its insect prey off-guard.

By | December 13, 2012

Wikimedia, Luc Viatour

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Avatar of: Ed M.

Ed M.

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December 13, 2012

Is there contact genetric information transfer -from plant to mantis- that spurs this mimickry?

Random mutation seems a slow method to achieve this -and other creatures'- eerily exact imitation of their local environment.

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