4 minute lesson
Ever heard of a flower eating its prey? Maybe the Venus Flytrap comes to mind, but did you know that there’s actually an insect that can disguise itself as a flower to lure in unsuspecting food? Meet the Orchid Mantis!
The Orchid Mantis uses aggressive mimicry to “become” an orchid and trick both humans and small insects into drawing closer. Let’s find out more about this crafty insect’s secret camouflage.
Isn’t it amazing how species have adapted to survive in the Earth’s complex environment? The Orchid Mantis demonstrates nature’s innovative and incredible solutions to competitive survival.
When we look deeper at the natural world, we see how life has found its way into some of the planet’s most unique niches!
Joe Hanson, Ph.D. is a curious group of atoms in a curious universe, and he’s here to tell you how it all works. New science videos come out every week on the It’s Okay To Be Smart Channel!
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“Orchid Mantis: Looks That Kill.” YouTube. It’s Okay To Be Smart, 11 July 2017. Web. 16 July 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7SAecAIeMI>.