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Sat Sep 28, 2019, 05:03 AM

Woman Finds An Incredible Bug Who's Almost Too Beautiful To Be Real

The other day, Margaret Neville was strolling through the garden on her farm in South Africa when something remarkable caught her eye.

There, on a branch in her lavender bush, was an insect unlike any she’d seen before: “I was amazed at first sight,” Neville told The Dodo.

And it’s easy to see why.

The beautiful bug almost looked like a delicate glass sculpture. Her wings of white and green were accentuated with an elegant swirl, while the rest of her body was adorned with tiny, purple flower-like structures.

Neville shared the photo with her friend, Kerri Martinaglia. She was equally impressed.

“When I saw her, I thought she was an exquisite work of art,” Martinaglia told The Dodo.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/woman-finds-an-incredible-bug-whos-almost-too-beautiful-to-be-real/ar-AAHWXFd?li=BBnb4R7&ocid=mailsignout

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mfcorey1 Sep 28 OP
intrepidity Sep 28 #1
usaf-vet Sep 28 #2
Ilsa Sep 28 #3
pazzyanne Sep 28 #4
Guilded Lilly Sep 28 #5
ronatchig Sep 28 #7
pnwest Sep 28 #6
in2herbs Sep 28 #8
Farmer-Rick Sep 28 #9
eppur_se_muova Sep 28 #10

Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Sat Sep 28, 2019, 05:19 AM

1. As we used to say... this thread is...

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Response to intrepidity (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 28, 2019, 06:07 AM

2. Wow name it while you have the chance.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Sat Sep 28, 2019, 06:12 AM

3. It looks like parts of a flower,

Perhaps to draw in smaller insects for consumption.

It's truly beautiful. I hope it isn't dangerous.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #3)

Sat Sep 28, 2019, 06:49 AM

4. The article said it is a flower mantis.

So, yes, it does eat other insects. But it is very beautiful.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Sat Sep 28, 2019, 07:27 AM

5. Mother Nature, the ultimate artist.

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Response to Guilded Lilly (Reply #5)

Sat Sep 28, 2019, 07:45 AM

7. Especially when she

Works with the mantis family.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Sat Sep 28, 2019, 07:30 AM

6. 530am and I've already learned something new today!

Never seen anything like that! Beautiful!

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Sat Sep 28, 2019, 07:46 AM

8. Much more beautiful than the 2 spiders hanging out in my garden the past couple of weeks. nt

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Sat Sep 28, 2019, 07:48 AM

9. Wow that is beautiful. I love prying Mantises. They keep the bug population down to a low roar.

And I thought the hummingbird moth was the prettiest insect I've seen.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Sat Sep 28, 2019, 08:59 AM

10. That's not a bug -- it's a feature !

Mantises are really into this -- lure bugs close with mimicry, then ambush them.

Try Googling "orchid mantis picture" to see more examples. (Ironically, orchids are themselves are specialists in mimicry, often imitating ... insects. )

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