Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pink Flower Jungle Ninjas

Hymenopus coronatus

Malaysian Orchid Mantis

Beautiful. Elegant. Like a delicate forest flower brought to life, this creature lives amongst the equally beautiful orchid blossoms in the rich verdant rain forests of Malaysia, Indonesia and Sumatra.

Born black and orange, looking much like fierce little ants, every molt brings them more in tune with their environment. Depending on their surroundings, they can end up being pink, a rich yellow, stark white, or some combination of the three.

Skilled hunters, they'll tackle anything that moves, even occasionally taking down small lizards. If lifted from their perch they lash out violently, savagely fighting to the last breath.

Can you doubt their ninja status?

If you do, just look at the picture below and see how long it takes you to find the ninja.

Notice the small gap between looking and seeing?

That's all the time this guy needs. Consider yourself warned.

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