|B. mendica on a tyre of a car|
Blepharopsis mendica is a species of praying mantis found in North Africa and on the Canary Islands. Devil's Flower Mantis, Egyptian Flower Mantis, Thistle Mantis, and Arab Mantis are among its common names.
In deimatic display, the adult rotates its head and thorax to one side, displaying the bright colours on the insides of its forelegs and the undersides of its hindwings, and holds its wings slightly spread behind the body, making it seem large and threatening.
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