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Giant Dead Leaf Mantis (Deroplatys desiccata)

The Giant dead leaf mantis is a species of praying mantis from Southeast Asia. D. desiccata takes its common name from its resemblance to dead, leafy vegetation including having a flattened, greatly extended thorax and “intricate leaf patterns” on its wings. When disturbed, it rocks gently as if caught in the breeze. When threatened, it typically falls to the ground and lies motionless. It can also react with a threatening display consisting of “black underwings splayed out, with large eyespots, frightening away unsuspecting predators. Like most mantises, this species has little or no food preferences as long as the prey is the right size.

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