This is an Orchid Mantis...isn't it pretty? It looks as though it is dancing to some sort of ballet symphony. They are called Orchid Mantises because they mimic orchid flowers. They originate in Malaysia and other parts of Asia.
They are different colors at different ages. As 1st instar hatchlings, they resemble ants with black bodies and red legs. After they shed their skin one time (2nd instar), they become white. After a few molts (sheds), males gradually gain a brownish-purple "necklace", while females' necklaces turn green. Other than that, sexing Orchid Mantises is the same as for all mantids...females have six abdominal segments; males eight.
Most Orchid Mantises are white, but sometimes you'll get one with tints of pink. Males fly well and mature far more quickly than females. This makes the Orchid Mantis a little more challenging to breed, as you have to have males and females maturing at about the same time.
I love Orchids, they are my most favourite flower...and this little creature is just amazing..dont you think?