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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 10 years ago

Thank you Mr. Goldfish and Venusflytrap2000

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 10 years ago

Cool mantis!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 10 years ago

likely brunneria genus

ChunXingWong 10 years ago

Thanks, Dixie.

Dixie 10 years ago

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

ChunXingWong 10 years ago

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

RickLampman 10 years ago


Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 10 years ago

Really cool!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 10 years ago

Congratulations, Xun.

NuwanChathuranga 10 years ago

Congratulations, Chun!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 10 years ago

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

ChunXingWong 10 years ago

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

MacChristiansen 10 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 10 years ago

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

Sckel 10 years ago

Congrats, Chun.

ChunXingWong 10 years ago

Thanks Lauren.
This sure is a beauty!

ChunXingWong 10 years ago

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

LaurenZarate 10 years ago

Congratulations Chun, beautiful Mantis.

Yasser 10 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 11 years ago

Thank you too Viv, patty, Chief and Ronald.

Ronald Lo
Ronald Lo 11 years ago

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

patty 11 years ago

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

VivBraznell 11 years ago

Interesting spotting!

ChunXingWong 11 years ago

Thank you for all your pleasing comments.

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Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia

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

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