beautiful real dried taxidermied specimen of colourful tropical "Jeweled Flower Mantis" ! :)
(aka "Indian Flower Mantis")
science name: Creobroter Gemmatus. it belongs to Flower Mantis family (Hymenopodidae)
preying mantis are ferocious deadly hunters, and these particular once are experts in hiding among flowers, those also called "flower mimics".
permanently cast into transparent acrylic resin paperweight, made in the form of rock crystal.
size: 85mm (~ 3") by 60mm (~ 2.5"), deep 35mm (~ 1.3")