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This little Mantid is just the most incredible little creature I have ever found. It is so covered in lichen-like bumps and protrusions that it is difficult to discern his body structure. In addition, it holds its abdomen up in the air, showing more of the underside than the top. This one is still a nymph, in the last two pictures you can see the wing pads forming. The first picture is taken from the back and he is turning to look at the camera. From the back (3rd picture) he seems nothing more than a growth of lichen from a branch. When he is all collapsed upon himself in a resting position (4th picture) it is hard to tell what it is. It likes to hang from a single pair of legs. Family Acanthropidae.
Forest trail near the Mayan Ruins of Hormiguero, Calakmul Biosphere Reserve.
Spotted on Feb 21, 2015
Submitted on Apr 3, 2015
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