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    T elegans Banded Flower Mantis

     

    Theopropus elegans

     

     

     

    Theopropus elegans at Zoologische Staatssammlung München

     

    Scientific classification

     

    Kingdom:

    Animalia

    Phylum:

    Arthropoda

    Class:

    Insecta

    Order:

    Mantodea

    Family:

    Hymenopodidae

    Genus:

    Theopropus

    Species:

    T. elegans

    Binomial name

     

    Theopropus elegans

    Westwood, 1832

     

    Theopropus elegans, common name banded flower 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 stripe on the forewings.

    Individual T. elegans hatched from a single ootheca and reared under the same conditions can show color variation between tones of red, green, and yellow. Individuals can also change their color in as little as a week

     München   
    Scientific classification   
    Kingdom:    Animali
    Phylum:    Arthropoda
    Class:    Insecta
    Order:    Mantodea
    Family:    Hymenopodidae
    Genus:    Theopropus
    Species:    T. elegans
    Binomial name   
    Theopropus elegans
    Westwood, 1832   
    Theopropus elegans, common name banded flower 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 stripe on the forewings.
    Individual T. elegans hatched from a single ootheca and reared under the same conditions can show color variation between tones of red, green, and yellow. Individuals can also change their color in as little as a week