I thought this article was really cool and a glimpse into how resourceful nature can really be! You might notice the lack of original content in this post, but we thought was way too neat not to share!
The orchid mantis, which resembles a flower, takes on this appearance in order to lure in prey, researchers say.
In fact, orchid mantises are even better at drawing in insects than some actual blossoms; they not only look like flowers, but they also beat the petally beauties at their own game, scientists added.
“We now know that not only is it possible for mantises to lure pollinators, but we know that they are amazingly good at it,” O’Hanlon told LiveScience. “They can attract even more pollinators than some flowers.
“This is the only animal in the world that we know of that resembles a flower blossom to attract prey,” O’Hanlon added.