The orchid mantis (ハナカマキリ, Hanakamakiri?) is a rare bug that can be found only on white flowers. It is very hard to spot it due to its camouflage, and many players may only notice it after scaring it off. It cannot be found during rain. When approached, the orchid mantis will raise its body and spread its wings.
It is the rarer equivalent of the mantis.
Donation to the museum
In Wild World
Blathers speaks about the orchid mantis' camouflage:
"Ah, the orchid mantis fools other insects by looking like a flower, eh wot? Bugs approach for nectar... CHOMP! The mantis attacks! It shan't fool me, though! Just look at it! Can't you see the antennae twitching? Blech! Duplicitous wretch!"
It can be found on the bottom white rose in the row of flowers on the right of the first room, with the butterflies.
In City Folk
Blathers, the curator of the museum, talks of his own experiences with an orchid mantis:
"The orchid mantis has the awful habit of disguising itself as a flower in order to avoid its enemies. ...I say "awful" because of how revolting it is to touch a flower and feel the belly of a mantis! Oh, it was so soft and vile! Blech! The memories! I try to suppress them, but they always come flooding back!"
The orchid mantis is found on the central white pansy, amongst the butterflies, on the lower tier of the bug room.
In New Leaf
An information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug:
"Orchid mantises look like orchids and use them as camouflage for protection from predators. While this camouflage keeps them safe, is also helps them to surprise any prey that comes to the flowers. They are usually carnivorous, but they still eat the occasional banana to balance their vitamin intake."
In New Horizons
When either donating to the museum or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):
"The orchid mantis is a bug whose brilliant colors and petal-shaped limbs give it the look of a flower. This masterful mimicry allows it to hide from predators in among the orchids. But oh this fraudulent flower! It lures other insects in to drink its nectar... And makes a meal of them instead! Imagine! To behold a beautiful bud... only to discover it's a bug instead! A repulsive revelation indeed!"
- "I caught an orchid mantis! It hunts in flowers!" —Wild World
- "I caught an orchid mantis! I kid you not, man!" —City Folk
- "I caught an orchid mantis! My eyes see all!" —New Leaf
- "I caught an orchid mantis! Our friendship is blooming!" —New Horizons
| "These pretty critters look like orchids, so it's difficult for predators to spot them."|
Found in the rainforests of South-East Asian islands such as Malaysia and Indonesia, the orchid mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) is found primarily on orchids, a flower on which this species of mantis has evolved to replicate. Being primarily carnivorous, they eat most things that happen to pass by, their victims ignorant that they are even present, due to their camouflage. Prey includes lizards, bees and butterflies. Orchid mantids have also been observed nibbling on banana, likely to add vitamins to their diet. As with other species of mantis, orchid mantids go into a frenzy when touched or lifted.
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