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Majangella moultoni, Moss Mantis by melvynyeo Majangella moultoni, Moss Mantis by melvynyeo
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Mantidis are absolute masters of disguise and fearsome insectavors. Their camouflage is often enhanced by carefully choreographed movements that mimic the plants they are disguised as and hunt on.

Believe it or not, you are staring into the eyes of a tropical praying mantis. This Ecuadorian Mos Mantid comes adorned with so many stealth adaptations that you will have to look three or four times before you have a change of recognizing it’s outline. These mantids utilize coloration, structural adaptations and behavioral modeling to deceive it’s victims of the approaching danger.
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Nature-Photo-Master Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely killer image!
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admittinglight Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
this is awesome mantids are soo elegant 
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44aboriginny2014 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool
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MoonchildLuiza Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Absolutely beautiful! Both the species and your photo!
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This looks awesome :dance:
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evil0verlady Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mantis: "I am one with the moss."
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These mantids are not from Ecuador. Majangella spp. are Southeast Asian, I believe M. moultoni is from Borneo.


The Ecuadorian Moss Mantis you link to is a species in the Acanthopidae, probably a Pseudacanthops sp. l.yimg.com/g/images/spaceout.g… Note the compact form, triangular head and upturned abdomen even in adulthood (though that's females only), compare with farm9.staticflickr.com/8334/84…, rounded eyes, abdomen held horizontal and more delicate build.

This is why common names are confusing, as there are several species of "moss mantid", mostly unrelated to each other.

Beautiful photo though.
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Toothrot Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student Photographer
Beautiful one :-) 

Thanks for always including so much facts in the description :-)
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Reilune Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very pretty!
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dralik Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
A fabulous shot!
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ludwigrulez Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah! I knew mantids were stealthy, hiding in shapes of flowers and leaves and whatnot... but moss?! :wow:

This is the exact reason why they're my #1 favorite bug. :nod:
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Thank you!! :)
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wicked!!! Camelealions.....
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Thank you!! :)
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome!!
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Lupsiberg Featured By Owner May 10, 2013   General Artist
Amazing shot :clap:
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Thank you!! :)
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Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013   General Artist
My pleasure :D
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Escara40 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013   General Artist
This image has been featured in my Journal [link] :)

I hope you like it :nod:
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Thank you!! :)
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Escara40 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013   General Artist
you are welcome :iconflowerheartplz:
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wanderlust676 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
What science-fiction artist would ever dream this up?
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
:)
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geoffhaber Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful photo, first time I've see a good photo of one of these.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Thank you! :)
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joecapricorn Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome looking mantis! I've never seen a moss mantis like this before!

However, I highly doubt this bug is from Ecuador, considering you are listed as from Singapore. I found a link describing the species as "Majangella moultoni" from Malaysia, which would fit the description.

There IS a moss mantis from Ecuador, I believe. However, they are in a completely different genus - Acanthops. They have larger heads, wider fore-arms and often display behavior similar to boxer mantises and flower mantises (which would make sense, since they are in Hymenopodidae)
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Thanks alot for the ID!! :) This was taken in Malaysia forest :)

I've edited the title and credited you :)
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Luraia123 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student General Artist
How wonderful! Praying mantises are my favorite insect! So dashing and valiant. > w <
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you! :)
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nakkimo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
how the hell did you spot it?
nice find as always melvynyeo :D
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Catandhearts Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I've featured this amazing piece in my journal
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thank you so much for sharing !
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ProfessionalPuppy Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
hiding... waiting... still hiding and waiting
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LittleDaughter Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG This is so lovely! I think I'm gonna *faints* LOL Hey, can I use this for a reference? It kinda inspired me :D
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Sure!! The design belongs to nature :)
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LittleDaughter Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!! :D
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m0zch0ps Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
superb shot, I'm very impressed!!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Thanks! :)
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:happybounce:Lovely - a fave of course :wave:
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Thanks! :)
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Hi, your wonderful work has been featured in the #devPREMIUM's Weekly Macro Spotlight Vol. 51. Best regards!!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Thanks! :)
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You are welcome!! :D
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing capture! :)
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Thanks! :)
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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MechaKraken Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, really nice shot! The clarity and sharpness is superb too! Well done! =)
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Thanks! :)
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EN-nonymous Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't really fancy insects but I love this photo! :heart:
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Thanks! :)
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GrindCrusherCorps Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
IT'S SO PRETTY
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