Dead leaf mantis

Dead leaf mantis

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Caption: Dead leaf mantis (Deroplatys desiccata) standing on a dead leaf. This camouflages it against predators, and allows it to hide while it lies in wait for its prey. The dead leaf mantis feeds mainly on other insects, which it catches by grabbing them in its vice-like front legs. The dead leaf mantis is native to Malaysia.

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