This kind of mantis favors haute couture over neutral garb. The elaborate disguise would seem to be a form of “cryptic mimicry”: unsuspecting prey insects land in a cluster of flowers, only to be snatched up by the mantis lurking there, unnoticed. This ruse apparently fooled the 19th-century travel writer James Hingston, who wrote of visiting an Indonesian garden harboring a certain carnivorous orchid, which “enclosed ...
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- Editor’s Note
Issue 46: Gorgeous feathers, Cairo’s cave churches, ant trails, and clouds. /
- Simply Beautiful Feathers
A display of birds’ useful adornments. /
- From Garbage to Glory
The cave churches of Cairo offer sanctuary in the midst of squalor. /
- Not All Who Wander Are Lost
How ants have solved the Traveling Salesman Problem. /
- Under the Cloud
Five amazing facts about the fluffy, immense formations above our heads. /
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