It was a hot afternoon yesterday & I had some strange visitors in my backyard, After lunch I went to my backyard for a casual walk & saw a unusual patch near the small bamboo plant, on close observation i found that a mantis was displaying its defensive behaviour (Opening wings & showing brightly coloured reddish pink under wings & arms wide open. I then hurriedly brought my camera & to my surprise it had just hopped on to a nearby dried mango branch.
Creobroter – C. gemmatus (Flower mantis)
Thanks to Karthik for idying it for me.
After taking some closeup shots I just wondered why it was displaying its defensive behaviour when no one was moving around , So i moved back to the bamboo plant where it was seen first & to my surprise saw a crab spider & it was crawling on the same place where mantis was before.
Thanks to Vittal for Idying the spider for me.
I had not seen these creatures in my backyard so far & i hope that mantis displays its defensive behaviour.