When you bend down to smell the beautiful flowers, make sure that they are not an animal or insects. Some might resemble what we think of as a flower, but they could be more potent than any other form of life on Earth.

Image: Margaret Neville

While Margaret Neville, an avid gardener in South Africa, walked through her garden and noticed something flower-like moving on a lavender bush. She approached it to find an insect unlike any before seen in all its beauty. She noted everything about it: How big he seemed compared with other insects she’d come across while strolling around at home or out working amongst plants & flowers alike, what color scheme would best suit naming one’s self.

The beautifully colored flower mantis is called Pseudocreobotra Wahlbergii. It’s an African species of praying mantises that can perfectly blend in with their floral surroundings, making them hard to spot.

Image: Margaret Neville

The insect was so lifelike that it looked like a work of art. Her wings were white and green with an accentuation in swirls that looked like eyes, while the rest of her body had tiny purple flower-like structures adorning them for beauty’s sake!

She was equally impressed when she showed the photo to her friend, Kerri Martinaglia.

“When I saw her, I thought she was an exquisite work of art,” Martinaglia told The Dodo.

Image: Margaret Neville

Martinaglia has been sharing photos of this fantastic creature on social media, and it’s not hard to see why. The special mantis has earned plenty of admirers from people worldwide who were stunned when they found out such an animal exists.

Neville called his new friend Miss Frilly Pants, and she has been living in the lavender bush ever since. “She has spent the entire month of September living on my lavender,” Neville said. “She is still there now.”

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