When it comes to the question of which animal is the best hunter, many people often make the mistake of picking size over strategy. The insect world is home to some of the most ruthless, vicious, single-minded hunters Earth has ever produced. In particular, praying mantises seem to live without fear. I’ve even seen one attack a lawnmower once. It didn’t really make a dent but I was still impressed by the attempt. Some praying mantises even remain deadly killing machines while decked out in floral pink.
The Orchid Mantis is a highly specialized predator. It’s camouflage is some of the most impressive in the animal kingdom. These tiny juggernauts take the appearance of little flowers complete with petals and coloration. Their prey usually can’t spot the deception until it’s too late.
For more on this amazing creature check out this National Geographic highlight!