21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
The Exquisite Transformation

The Orchid Mantis, Hymenopus coronatus, is a remarkable and enchanting creature that captivates with its vivid coloration and striking appearance. However, hidden within the vibrant exterior lies a fascinating natural phenomenon which is the molting. The molting intricates transformation, which allows the mantis to grow and renew itself, is a marvel of nature.

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Date Taken: 10.2023
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Pahang, Malaysia
Copyright: © Lam Soon Tak