Creobroter elongata (Indian Flower Mantis) (2nd instar) 5 x nymphs
Creobroter elongata (Indian Flower Mantis)
Creobroter or ‘flower mantids’ is a genus of mantis concentrated in Western Asia. The name comes from the Greek “kreas” (combining form “kreo-“, meaning “flesh”), and “broter” (eating); therefore, “flesh-eating”, an apt name for a predatory insect. Both sexes have long wings and are capable fliers. Full-grown males are about 3-4cm in length, females about 4-5cm.
As the common name indicates, Creobroter are known for having varicolored (yellow, white, red, brown, etc.) markings which serve as camouflage by hiding the creatures’ actual shape and making them look somewhat like flowers when hiding amidst green foliage.