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Theopropus elegans by melvynyeo Theopropus elegans by melvynyeo
Finally found a Banded Flower mantis! This beautiful mantis is very seldom documented in Singapore and I'm glad to find a nymph in the wild. This nymph is about 2cm long :)

Theopropus elegans, common name Banded Flower Mantis or Asian Boxer Mantis, is a species of praying mantis native to Southeast Asia.

Until their first moult, nymphs have red and black exoskeletons that aid them in ant mimicry. They are green and white starting at their second instar and adults are similar in size and appearance to Creobroter species. Adult females are up to 5 cm in length while males only grow to 3 cm in length due to the Sexual dimorphism common in mantises. Both sexes have green and white spots with bright orange hind wings and a large white transverse strip on the forewings.

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Jessica-Lorraine-Z Aug 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Adorable :D
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"Am I pretty?" :D
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DracoFreak899 Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
damn is this cute!
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Death-Pony7 Jul 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
The eye contact on this one is awesome!
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MaddLouise Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww: so cute!
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MaddLouise Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
you're welcome :D
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