Sure, you've heard of the Praying Mantis. But have you met its cousin, the Spiny Flower Mantis? Nymphs like the one in the picture will molt approximately every two weeks; the time between molts gradually increases as the mantids get closer to adulthood. During molting, a mantis hangs upside down, sometimes shaking, and eventually wiggles out of its skin. It takes seven molts for a female to reach maturity, and six molts for males.
|Photo Location:||Republic of the Congo, Congo|
|Copyright:||© Alice Paghera|