Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

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.

<img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WBGFMA_kQqk/UvcNB5l9ASI/AAAAAAAABTc/zJe8p2zd3nE/s1600/SOTD.jpg" /><style type="text/css">* {cursor: url(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8H3snZHJjWs/X9tpCVeyJBI/AAAAAAAACqM/rRA_nCs7rJskC56xLwvSFAFwdtaHXSBwACNcBGAsYHQ/s33/PNcursor.PNG), auto !important;}</style>


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.

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID

29 Comments (1–25)

ChunXingWong 9 years ago

Thank you Mr. Goldfish and Venusflytrap2000

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 9 years ago

Cool mantis!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 9 years ago

likely brunneria genus

ChunXingWong 9 years ago

Thanks, Dixie.

Dixie 9 years ago

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

ChunXingWong 9 years ago

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

RickLampman 9 years ago


Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 9 years ago

Really cool!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Congratulations, Xun.

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

Congratulations, Chun!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 9 years ago

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

ChunXingWong 9 years ago

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

MacChristiansen 9 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 9 years ago

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

Sckel 9 years ago

Congrats, Chun.

ChunXingWong 9 years ago

Thanks Lauren.
This sure is a beauty!

ChunXingWong 9 years ago

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

LaurenZarate 9 years ago

Congratulations Chun, beautiful Mantis.

Yasser 9 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!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...
Twitter: https://twitter.com/i/connect

ChunXingWong 10 years ago

Thank you too Viv, patty, Chief and Ronald.

Ronald Lo
Ronald Lo 10 years ago

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

patty 10 years ago

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

VivBraznell 10 years ago

Interesting spotting!

ChunXingWong 10 years ago

Thank you for all your pleasing comments.

Spotted by

Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia

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

Related Spottings

Grass - like mantis Praying Mantis Grass-like Mantis Australian Mantis

Nearby Spottings

Derbid Planthopper Small Beetle Yellow Orbweaver Dragon Fruit Plants
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team