Jeweled Flower Mantis, Creobroter gemmatus

The jeweled flower mantis (Creobroter gemmatus), also known as the Indian flower mantis, is a species of flower mantis that be found in Asia. This species prefers to live in humid climates, so it is important that captive individuals have plenty of moisture. Males reach an average length of 1.5 inches and females typically grow a bit larger, displaying a sexual dimorphism. Eggs can take up to five months to develop, undergoing eight changes.  Females are known for being cannibalistic, although not to a high degree.

Image Caption: Mantis, Family Hymenopodidae, Genus Creobroter, Wayanad Kerala. Credit: Sandilya Theuerkauf/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.5)