Acanthops erosula (Peruvian Dead Leaf Mantis) (3rd instar) 1 x nymph

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Acanthops erosula (Peruvian Dead Leaf Mantis)

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Acanthops erosula belongs to the ‘Acanthops’ genus, in the subfamily Acanthopinae of the family Acanthopidae, containing 20 known species that can be found in Central and South America. Most species in Acanthops are colloquially referred to as the Dead Leaf Mantis, a common name also used for species in several other mantid genera.

Acanthops species have an unusual degree of sexual dimorphism compared to other mantids. The flightless female resembles a curled dead leaf folded back on itself, and weighs twice as much as the males do. It has reduced wings that can be raised to reveal bright warning colors on the abdomen. The male has long functional wings that resemble a flat or rolled-up dead leaf at rest. When perched, males often assume a posture where the head, grasping legs and prothorax add to the camouflage effect by recreating the appearance of a dead leaf’s shriveled petiole and stipules.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acanthops

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Taxonomy/Browser/wwwtax.cgi?id=1777890

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Review for Acanthops erosula (Peruvian Dead Leaf Mantis) (3rd instar) 1 x nymph
5/5
Gift

Brought some other mantids and got one of these beauty’s as a gift! Absolutely gorgeous and so sociable, recommend getting one 🙂

Review for Acanthops erosula (Peruvian Dead Leaf Mantis) (3rd instar) 1 x nymph
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one of the only places I order my mantids from! Always a great service and always arrive perfectly. All of my mantids from here have molted perfectly and are thriving! Thanks again