Deroplatys trigonodera (Giant Dead Leaf Mantis)
Deroplatys trigonodera is a species of praying mantis in the genus Deroplatys in the order Mantodea. This “dead leaf mantis” species is native to Southeast Asia.
This mantis mimics dead leaves not only in appearance, but in the way they sway in all directions, especially when eating, in order to mimic leaves swaying in the wind (a tactic adopted to fool potential predators).
Females reach ~8-10cm in length and males ~4-6cm in length. Their colouring ranges from dark brown to very pale beige. The females possess a broad prothorax that looks ripped and crumpled like a leaf. Females have a wider shield than males as early as the 4th instar stage. Males have a slender body and a diamond shape shield.
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