Budwing Mantis Facts
- Many people believe the most noteworthy fact about the Budwing Mantis to be its exceptional voraciousness.
- Unlike most of the more than 2,400 known mantis species, many individuals often actively pursue prey.
- Additionally, the IUCN does not currently have a listing for this insect species on their Red List.
- That may soon change, however. Like many other animals, this invertebrate remains under threat from climate change and deforestation.
Budwing Mantis Physical Description
The rather fascinating Budwing Mantis displays a quite marked degree of physical sexual dimorphism in several ways.
While the female averages a length of about 2.75 in (7 cm), the male rarely reaches more than 1.5 in (4 cm).
The length of the wings also varies according to gender. The wings of the female only reach the middle of their abdomen, yet those of the male reach twice that.
In addition, the coloring typically comprises various shades of light brown, yet darker shades do occur.
Further, the underside of the wings of both genders displays a bright yellow-orange color, while the upper side varies in color.
Species: P. affinis
Budwing Mantis Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
The endemic range of the Budwing Mantis primarily consists of the area comprising the country of Kenya.
However, scattered individuals can be also found in neighboring regions. These include Ethiopia, Somalia, and Tanzania.
The insect also usually inhabits regions of dense vegetation, such as jungles and rainforests, where its camouflage remains most effective.
Like all mantises, it also evolved as carnivorous and has a voracious appetite. It typically preys on smaller invertebrates.
However, it will feed opportunistically on virtually any prey they can find. This also includes prey as large as itself.
The animal can also survive completely without water since it can assimilate fluids from the prey it consumes.