Magic of Life Butterfly House

Aberystwyth, Wales

Traffic Light Mantid!

We discovered that this species of mantid can change colour. Much like a chamaeleon, it changes its body colour according to what background it is on. We put this individual on a Valerian flower and over three days it changed to a startling pink colour.

Flower mantid greenFlower mantid on green background

The African Flower mantid on a leafy background.

mantid put on a pink backgroundstill green

We then put it on a pink valerian flower.

mantid changing colour to pink after being
                    placed on Red valerianturned pink to match its background

Three days later ..

We tried it on other coloured flowers; it managed a murky orange colour but didn't do blue or yellow.