Malaysia’s orchid mantis has a pretty uncreative name, given that it is a mantis that looks exactly like an orchid. But we’ll cut it some slack, because it’s a mantis that looks exactly like an orchid, and man, that’s really cool.

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Always nice to be reminded that when we talk about “saving the rainforests” or whatever, we’re not just trying to rescue ecologically important pieces of ground — we’re also preserving some really astonishing living things.

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