Deroplatys truncata (Giant Leaf Mantis)

Deroplatys truncata is a species of praying mantis in the genus Deroplatys in the order Mantodea. This “dead leaf mantis” species is native to Southeast Asia.

Deroplatys 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.

This creature’s camouflage is aided by its movements as well as its appearance. 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.


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