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New praying mantis looks and acts like a wasp

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It looks like a wasp. It moves like a wasp. But it's not a wasp. Researchers with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History unveiled a newly discovered species of praying mantis that has evolved to mimic a wasp. Yes, it's totally weird.

The mantis lives in Peru along the Amazon River. The research team discovered it in 2013 when the bug came to investigate a light trap used to attract insects. Its red and orange colors weren't the only clues this mantis was different. It also mimicked a wasp's erratic movements.

https://www.cnet.com/news/peculiar-praying-mantis-looks-and-acts-like-a-wasp/

https://www.cmnh.org/science-news/announcements/museum-researcher-discovers-praying-mantis-with-no

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zygote_myles

It's marvelous how these kinds of manifestations occur in nature. A praying mantis who looks just like a wasp. Wow.

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Not Your Huckleberry

That's frickin amazing. Mantids are amazing, in general. 

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