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Wandering Violin Mantis

Gongylus gongylodes


The males of the species are capable of flight. This species are a communal species in that they live and breed in large groups without unnecessary cannibalism.


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27 Comments (1–25)

SukanyaDatta 9 years ago

How did I miss this? What an incredible lifeform. Belatedly, congrats.

namitha 9 years ago

Spectacular spotting :). Belated wishes. Congratulations!!!

induruh 9 years ago

What a surprise!! I've never seen anything like this before nor heard anything like this before!!!! Thank you for introducing me this form of life!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 9 years ago

fabulous! can't believe i missed this! congrats on your well-deserved SOTW!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 9 years ago

Congrats Nuwan for the SOTW! Fantastic mobile violin!

sunnyjosef 9 years ago

Awesome find Nuwan!!! And congrats on a well deserved SOTW!!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 9 years ago

wow!!!! Great spotting Nuwan.... Congrats ....

SG in CR
SG in CR 9 years ago

I've never heard of or seen this species before. Really interesting, very deserving of Spotting of the Week. Thanks for sharing.

Awesome Nuwan,beautiful spotting,congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing

KarenSaxton 9 years ago

Congrats and well deserved!

Jae 9 years ago

Awesome spotting, Nuwan, and congrats on the SOTD.

Sckel 9 years ago

congrats nuwan. :)

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago


NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

Wow!! what a surprise!
Thank you very much Yasser & Ranger team for selecting this spotting!
Thanks everyone for your kind comments and making it favorite!

Congrats Nuwan on this awesome find and Ranger's Spotting of the Week!

VivBraznell 9 years ago

Nice one Nuwan! What a great spotting ...

Yasser 9 years ago

Nuwan, you've done it again! This incredible insect has been selected as our Rangers' Spotting of the Week! Congratulations and thank you for all the wonderful wildlife photos you've shared with us.


Desmond.E.S.O 9 years ago

Awesome Photos!

ToshimiDowaki 9 years ago

Wow! Great! Amazing!

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

Thanks everyone! glad you all like it

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Nuwan, this is absolutely amazing!

Beauty !

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

"without unnecessary cannibalism" is a wonderful phrase!

RickBohler 9 years ago

Well Nuwan you get my vote :) vv

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 9 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

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Welikanda, North Central Province, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Nov 23, 2014
Submitted on Dec 13, 2014

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