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.
Lat: -2.15, Long: -77.69
Spotted on Apr 3, 2011
Submitted on Feb 8, 2019