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Slender Stick Mantis


Look closely, this is actually a small praying mantis mimicking as a small stick. The mantid is has a thin and long brown body with its 2 pairs of hind legs almost transparent. This could be a juvenile of a rare Leptomantella species.

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Plants in Balung River Eco Resort, Tawau, Sabah.


Similar spottings from around Malaysia http://www.flickr.com/photos/artour_a/47... and http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforests... >>>Map accuracy : 5km diameter.

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29 Comments (1–25)

ChunXingWong 4 years ago

Thank you Mr. Goldfish and Venusflytrap2000

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 4 years ago

Cool mantis!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 4 years ago

likely brunneria genus

ChunXingWong 5 years ago

Thanks, Dixie.

Dixie 5 years ago

I like that you started with "Look closely". It caught my attention. Very cool pic!

ChunXingWong 5 years ago

Thank you all for liking my spotting.
I really appreciate it.

RickLampman 5 years ago


Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 5 years ago

Really cool!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

Congratulations, Xun.

NuwanChathuranga 5 years ago

Congratulations, Chun!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 5 years ago

Congrats Chun on your SOTD!!!!Amazing spotting!!!

ChunXingWong 5 years ago

Sckel, RiekoS, António, MacChristiansen,
thank you all for your lovely comments!

MacChristiansen 5 years ago

Congratulations Chun on your SOTD

Great capture Chun,bizarre creature,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing such a interesting spotting page

RiekoS 5 years ago

Congratulations! I am glad to know that your Jan. this year's spotting came back to a beautiful light. Exciting.

Sckel 5 years ago

Congrats, Chun.

ChunXingWong 5 years ago

Thanks Lauren.
This sure is a beauty!

ChunXingWong 5 years ago

Thank you very much, Yasser.
It is truly a honor to have another SOTD.

LaurenZarate 5 years ago

Congratulations Chun, beautiful Mantis.

Yasser 5 years ago

Chun, this one is long overdue, but congrats on Spotting of the Day! This is such a fascinating little mantis. The leg coloration effectively makes its legs disappear and totally transforms it into a harmless little stick :) Nature is so cool and your spottings showcase some of the coolest! Thanks for all the wonderful contributions and we hope to see much more from you!

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ChunXingWong 6 years ago

Thank you too Viv, patty, Chief and Ronald.

Ronald Lo
Ronald Lo 6 years ago

That is the first time i've seen a praying mantis like this... Magnificent!

patty 6 years ago

Great spotting Chun!! The "invisible" like sort of legs make the mimicry remarkable =)

VivBraznell 6 years ago

Interesting spotting!

ChunXingWong 6 years ago

Thank you for all your pleasing comments.

Sabah, Malaysia

Lat: 4.42, Long: 118.04

Spotted on Dec 20, 2009
Submitted on Jan 21, 2013

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