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Is this the smallest mantis in the world? Can anyone identify it? I was fishing this Sunday on the banks of the Itabapoana River (ES, Brazil), under a chestnut tree, when I noticed this little guy walking on my arm. At first glance it was just another one of those tiny heart-shaped gaster black tree ants, very common around here, but no. It is certainly the kind of ant that our little friend here wants to mimic (genus Crematogaster or equivalent) but, looking closer, I noticed the triangular shape of the head that was not so common. Looking a little closer came the surprise! I had to bring it to my house and photograph the find. As you can see, it is no more than 3mm in length and is certainly already an adult. Unfortunately part of the right antenna is missing.
State of Espirito Santo, southeastern Brazil.
100% cropping in the second image. Even my macro lens did the job! :)