Spiny Flower Mantis, Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii
The spiny flower mantis (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii) is a species of mantis that can be found in eastern and southern areas of Africa. Adults of this species hold spines along their sides, the trait from which it was named, as well a distinctive mark that resembles the number nine on the upper side of the forewings. The nine marking is cream in color, surrounded in green, and has a black spot in the middle. Adults are typically green in color, although they can be yellow, red, or pink in color. The egg cases of this species can be three times as large as females. The spiny flower mantis resembles a flower and uses this camouflage to catch unsuspecting insect prey that can be larger than itself. When threatened, it will raise itself up and spread its forewings, making it appear larger.
Image Caption: Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii. Credit: Amada44/Wikipedia (CC BY 3.0)