Orchid Mantis: Looks That Kill

Rather than hunting for food, the orchid mantis entices the prey to come to it. A cool video discusses this type of mimicry as part of a larger biology playlist. The orchid mantis appears like any typical orchid to us, but it stands out to insects. This adaptation fascinates scientists around the world.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Discuss the three types of mimicry in more detail
  • List examples of each type of mimicry found in nature
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on prior knowledge of predator/prey relationships
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Pros
  • Works well in a traditional or flipped classroom
  • Highlights new vocabulary throughout
  • Includes subtitles for visual learners
Cons
  • None