Dead Leaf Mantid

dead leaf mantid next animal
Dead Leaf Mantid

Deroplatys dessicata
As its name implies, the dead leaf mantid expertly blends into its environment by mimicking a dead leaf. It even sways gently as a leaf does in the breeze. If threatened, the mantid drops to the ground and virtually disappears among the leaf litter on the forest floor.
Fact file:

Lifespan: 10 to 12 months

Ecological Role: Ambush predator

Habitat: Scrub and forest

Prey: Small insects

Current Range: Southeast Asia