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Jeremy Roussak

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dead-leaf mantis
« on: June 08, 2024, 11:30:17 am »

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Mark Nadler

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Re: dead-leaf mantis
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2024, 02:59:56 pm »

Very cool capture.

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Re: dead-leaf mantis
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2024, 02:38:42 am »

Great details, textures are nice too and I like the composition. It makes me think to a small version of a hamster wheel.
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Re: dead-leaf mantis
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2024, 03:21:37 pm »

Great capture!

But left me wanting to know what exactly are we looking at? Dead mantis? Mantis capable of camouflaging itself like a chameleon?

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Re: dead-leaf mantis
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2024, 01:57:12 pm »

Thanks, all.

Slobodan, it was very much alive and moving an irritating amount! It's called a dead-leaf mantis because that's just what it looks like. In some individuals, the wings even have small holes, looking more like dried-up leaves. I'm no source of knowledge on their habits, but I assume the camouflage helps both to avoid predators and to catch prey. They won't draw blood with the claws but they can give fingers a fairly painful nip.

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