Praying Mantis or Alien? You Decide.

Praying Mantis or Alien? You Decide.
devils flower mantisimage credit: photo.net
devils flower mantisimage credit: scienceblogs.com
devils flower mantisimage credit: shaggybevo.com
devils flower mantis, nymphimage credit: reptileforums.co.uk
“I’m a baby! Or, nymph!”Habitat: ???

This alien-looking creature is known as a Devil’s Flower Mantis or Idolomantis diabolica. I could find little to no information on this crazy looking critter so if anyone knows anything about it (not talking about in captivity) please let me know in the comments!I did learn that it is a large species of mantis that is sought after for its rarity. I don’t really understand why anyone would want to search for this thing, it literally looks like the alien from the movie Alien and I definitely wouldn’t want to mess with that.

The 2nd picture also makes me think this thing wants to tango… real bad. Or karate chop me. Either/or, either/or.

** make sure to click the pictures to get a real up close look at those pretty faces

Edit:Here’s a video of a man taunting the mantis with his thumb! Necessary to post. Definitely necessary.