Mantis Flower Mimicry: How Does the Orchid Mantis Attract its Prey?
Learn how the Orchid Mantis is able to attract its prey better than the Orchid Flower that it imitates in this video from NATURE. Watch as Zoologist James O’Hanlon conducts an experiment showing the Orchid Mantis in action.
This resource aligns with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) by employing Scientific Inquiry methods and analyzing and interpreting the data acquired from the experiment Zoologist James O’Hanlon conducts.
Before watching the video, ask students to think about the different ways that plants and animals catch their food and the difference in their techniques. (For example: chasing and capturing another animal versus sitting still and luring an insect.)
Compare how an Orchid Mantis finds its prey versus a lion. What are the advantages and disadvantages to the Orchid Mantis’ method?