Trying to identify this praying mantis for a short film. It's found on the wild cosmos flower. It's found when the flower is in bloom at this time of year (February) in Harare, Zimbabwe.
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Specifically, it resembles the spiny flower mantis Pseudocreobotra wahlbergi.
The species gets its name from the spiny structures on its abdomen. According to Wikipedia, the color is variable:
being typically greenish, but it can equally be yellowish, pinkish or reddish
According to here, you can determine the sex of your specimen by counting the "abdominal appendages" (i.e., spikes):
females have just 5 abdominal-appendages on the underside, however males have 6
This might also be P. ocellata, which would be able to be distinguished from P. wahlbergi based on its smaller adult size [source].