Dull Males; Bright, Attractive Females

False Garden Mantid
Photo: Donald Hobern

The false garden mantid, Pseudomantis albofimbriata, (pictured) is a cryptic predator that lives by stealth. The green coloration allows males and females to blend with their surroundings. The color of males and females and the brightness of the male are comparable to the surroundings. However, the brightness of the female abdomen differs from the rest of her body and the surroundings. The brightness is detectable by male mantids, but not predators…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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