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 The Scientist Staff | December 13, 2012
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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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