Purple Spiny flower mantises

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happy1892

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The Spiny flower mantises seems to change color to match its surrounding color. I think they do it over a few days just after molting because I had one nymph I placed into a container with a dark ootheca soon after molting, and it turned an unusually dark color close to the color of the dark ootheca it was sitting on.

Here are pictures of purple and pink P. wahlbergii:









These string of photos of different P. wahlbergii show how they match the colors of the different plants and flowers they are on:





Here is a green one:
 

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I'd love to see what the UV light emitted from these looks like, especially given how they attack flower-visiting insects
Would the UV light attract insects they eat? I read about the Orchid mantis actually attracting insects better than the flowers.
 

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I had a pretty vibrantly colored female a few months back, though still not comparable to some of those photos from iNaturalist! She eventually faded back to a more typical white color as she got older, peaking in color I believe around L5-ish.

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She passed just before her final molt :(
 

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I had a pretty vibrantly colored female a few months back, though still not comparable to some of those photos from iNaturalist! She eventually faded back to a more typical white color as she got older, peaking in color I believe around L5-ish.

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She passed just before her final molt :(
I haven't had a P. wahlbergii nymph that pink yet. I have seen a few that were slightly pink at L5, but then they would loose the pinkness as they got older, just like what you said happened with yours.
 

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