The Ghost mantis (Phyllocrania paradoxa)

Ghost Mantis (Photo credit: Jenn via Flickr)
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The Ghost mantis is a small mantis from Africa. It has evolved a remarkable camouflage which mimics a dried-up leaf to ambush prey, as well as allows it to hide from birds and other predators. Its colors change with each molt. Females can live upwards of eight months.


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Ghost mantises primarily eat flies; but if food is short, they will turn to each other.



Leaf or Mantis? You decide!!!


Video of a Ghost mantis. Very alien looking!



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