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.