Spiny Flower Mantis

A truly amazing little creature experience. A spiny flower mantis decided to live on a single cannabis plant for 4 months, going from Autumn to Winter. He became very tame during that period and one could easily pick him up in your fingers and he would flutter his wings in a show of appreciation. He was there morning and night, rain or shine, even after heavy winds. he never left his plant once.

The adult has spiny structures on the underside of its abdomen, giving it its name. It is variable in colour, being typically greenish, but it can equally be yellowish, pinkish or reddish. It has a striking spiral “9” mark on its forewings providing a conspicuous eyespot in black, green and cream surrounded by a green patch. The hind wings are orange on the inner part and transparent on the outer part. The species is common in captivity and is easy to rear. Wiki

Over the few months he was resident, his colour changed from green – to whitish –  and finally to purple.



Below was his final change, growing wings ( 66 ) and moving along to find a mate.


The cannabis plant in the picture is a clone of Malawi x Kush by growlikejoe.com based in Oregon, USA. It was a wonderfully easy plant to grow with great rewards.

A very brave couple popped in to managed to get some video of the guy and mixed in some beats and sent me a video.

Wishing them, their supporters, family and friends a great weed ahead for the biggest case in South African history, Trial of the Plant .  Cheers to you all and thank you!!!
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