Immature Spiny Flower Mantis eats Brush Footed Butterfly

Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii
Location: Kampala, Uganda
September 9, 2011 12:07 pm
Hey Bugman
Thought I’d send in this photo of Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii that I found here in Kampala, Uganda. The mantid had just snatched a butterfly and was eating its head. There are probably 20 living on a clump of purple spiny flowers in the back garden.
Signature: Brian

Spiny Flower Mantis eats Butterfly

Hi Brian,
We are really excited to post your Food Chain image of an immature Spiny Flower Mantis, 
Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii, feeding on a Brush Footed Butterfly.  The coloration and shape of this Mantis blends beautifully with the flower upon which it has chosen to live.  The Keeping Insects website has a marvelous page on the Spiny Flower Mantis.  We are still trying to identify the butterfly. 

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