Unicorn Boxer Mantis

By: Samrat Sarkar

Jun 02 2016

Category: Insect

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Focal Length:5mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

When I found it I get really charmed. Such a fantastic look it has. Look at the horn like structure on its head. It is why the species is called ‘Unicorn’. Look at the forelegs- take that for hands and we found heavy muscle-like finish. So, it is ‘Boxer’ and, of course, it is a ‘Mantis’. So, uniformly, it becomes Unicorn Boxer Mantis, scientifically Hestiasula brunneriana.

Look at the abdominal part, it is bent alike that of a scorpion. Its a mimicry that most of the mantis do while young. In adult stage that part becomes straight. This species is recorded at a distance of about 1 and 1/2 km from Boisa Beel. It is till now single specimen(actually found two from same region) documented from this region.

Wish you enjoy the UNICORN.

Photographer: Arun Acharjee

attribution share-alike creative common license 3.0


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