Shop More Submit  Join Login
×




Details

Submitted on
January 23, 2013
Image Size
430 KB
Resolution
960×640
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
8,754 (44 today)
Favourites
758 (who?)
Comments
111
Downloads
557
×
Majangella moultoni, Moss Mantis by melvynyeo Majangella moultoni, Moss Mantis by melvynyeo
ID by joecapricor [link]
Source [link]

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.
Add a Comment:
 
:iconmoonchildluiza:
MoonchildLuiza Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Absolutely beautiful! Both the species and your photo!
Reply
:iconmouselemur:
Mouselemur Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This looks awesome :dance:
Reply
:iconevil0verlady:
evil0verlady Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mantis: "I am one with the moss."
Reply
:iconshortarse-hedgewitch:
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.
Reply
:icontoothrot:
Toothrot Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student Photographer
Beautiful one :-) 

Thanks for always including so much facts in the description :-)
Reply
:iconjessica-lorraine-z:
Jessica-Lorraine-Z Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very pretty!
Reply
:icondralik:
dralik Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
A fabulous shot!
Reply
:iconludwigrulez:
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:
Reply
:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Thank you!! :)
Reply
:iconmorningstarskid:
morningstarskid Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Professional Artist
Wicked!!! Camelealions.....
Reply
Add a Comment: