A visit to Makanyi Lodge will leave you wanting more as you never know when the next unforgettable sighting / photographic opportunity will happen. While walking around the lodge our GM, Rico, spotted this beautiful Spiny Flower Mantis close to reception. It is such a beautiful insect that we thought we would share some interesting facts with you as well as some beautiful images captured:
Some interesting facts about a spiny flower mantis:
- This tiny insect measures between 2.5cm to 5cm (1-2 inches) and is native to Southern and Eastern Africa.
- When they’re first born, they are mostly black and look almost like ants.
- It takes seven molts for a female to reach maturity, and six molts for males.
- When threatened, the insects raise their forewings, which makes them look like a much larger insect.
- Instead of searching for prey, they prefer to “snatch” its meals—usually pollinating insects—from the air.
- Like other mantis species, the Spiny Flower Mantis is cannibalistic. It’s the males who have the most to fear