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Nature's Greatest Tricksters

The Orchid Mantis

Orchids may imitate insects, but it works the other way around as well! The orchid mantis is one of many "flower mantises" whose survival strategy is to camouflage themselves as a bundle of petals. Not only does their alluring disguise attract yummy flies, it also conceals them from predators looking for a quick bite. Win win.

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