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Withered leaf mantis (mantis hoja seca).

Acanthops sp.


This cute friend was found hanging in a twig of an Asteraceae bush (Tithonia diversifolia), imitating the same color, shape and other specific details of the withered leaves of that plant. I would like to be sure about the genus and know the species.


La Marta Wildlife Refuge, Pejibaye, Cartago, Costa Rica.

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SukanyaDatta 8 years ago

It looks like a baby dragon!

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Can you add the "h" to withered? Love this one.

ForestDragon 8 years ago

This would be an amazing addition to the Marvelous Mantids of the World mission:

MarcTe 8 years ago

Muy linda!!!

I can not edit the comment......Quise decir, Cartaginesa!

Lindisima!! Beautiful, thank you for sharing Nature Cataginesa with us, Pura Vida!!

remco.douma 8 years ago


Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Fantastic spotting ! what a great mimic. Thanks for sharing this, Manuel.

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Did you happen to get a picture of it among the leaves where you found it?

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Very nice! Great find!

Provincia Cartago, Costa Rica

Spotted on Nov 11, 2013
Submitted on Jan 2, 2014

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