DEVIL'S FLOWER MANTIS © wood engraving (ed. 40) image: 7 x 5 in. $100.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)
This mantis species is a large insect that lives in Africa. The older it is, the larger it becomes, growing to four inches in length. It is very dramatic and has unusual bright colour markings. When it is threatened it raises its arms in a dramatic pose that shows off its colour, as it stands on it's lower four legs, with its two forward arms raised and spread. It exposes the bright colours that are otherwise not as visible. The shields on its arms and back resemble leaves and act as camouflage. It tends to wait quietly for victims rather than to stalk or hunt them.

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