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Brown Praying Mantis

Macromusonia sp


A completely brown, reddish-brown praying mantis 4.5-5 cm long. I have zero resources for identifying these incredible creatures.


This mantid was found blending into the dark trunk of a tree alongside a trail in the Amazon rainforest of SE Ecuador.


It continued to pray while I photographed it. Evidently its prayers were answered as I put it back on its tree.

No species ID suggestions


Tukup a month ago

Thanks Paul. I'm not finding any details on it. I appreciate the tip.

Paul Davis
Paul Davis a month ago

I think this is probably --Macromusonia sp , but I am not sure.

Morona Santiago, Ecuador

Lat: -2.15, Long: -77.69

Spotted on Apr 3, 2011
Submitted on Feb 8, 2019

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