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

life expectancyLife Expectancy: 10 to 12 mos
ecological roleEcological Role: Predator
habitatHabitat: Scrub and forest
dietDiet: Insects