Woman Finds Gorgeous ‘Flower Mantis’ That Looks Just Like A Flower Living in Her Garden

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Nature is beautiful, that’s something we can all agree one.

But when people see insects and other creepy-crawlies, most of us cringe, get frightened and are instantly repeled.

However, not all insects are built alike. Some are mad so beautiful, so spectaculat to look at that you could be convinced they came straight out of a fairytale.

This is that type of insect; meet the Flower Mantis:

Flower Mantis Margaret Neville

This mantis is unlike anything we’ve seen before.

The Flower Mantis is skilled at camouflaging itself to look like flowers in order to lure in prey

One day, Margaret Neville was sat in her back garden in South Africa when she made the fascinating discovery. Resting amongst her lavender bushes she saw it, the flower mantis.

An incredible floral looking mantis with a swirl pattern on her back and protrusions that look just like lavender buds all down her legs.

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Margaret named the bug Miss Frilly Pants, and we can see why!

“I was amazed at first sight. She has spent the entire month of September living on my lavender. She is still there now.”

Flower Mantises are regularly kept as pets because of their looks

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Miss Frilly Pants was found hiding amongst the lavender in Margaret’s farm

Flower Mantis Margaret Neville

The Flower Mantis looks absolutely stunning

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The Flower Mantis is a type of praying mantis that lures its prey while camouflaging itself among flowers. These mantises will climb a plant and then stay completely still until an insect approaches before striking.

To watch Miss Frilly Pants’ silver screen debut, check out this video

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Would you want to keep a flower mantis as a pet, or would you be too scared?