Mantis

Spot the beast 28

I am pretty sure that you did not spot the “beast” in one or two pictures I inserted in the impala lilies slide show that was part of the post Gonarezhou three years later. Southern area that I published on 3 September 2017.

The find took place at the Park reception in Mabalauta and I am giving you a second opportunity to discover the beast below:

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A rather large praying mantis -head down- was patiently waiting for its lunch. It was spotted -as usual- by my wife that pointed it to me. After searching for it for about five minutes I gave up as I was unable to see it as it was immobile and blended well with the lily’s branches!

Beast 4 – Details

This Mantis is a member of the “Flower Mantids” group as most of them mimic flowers.

This one however mimics dead leaves. It is about 4.4 cm long and it is a male of the species.

It is defined as a “Superb mimic of dead leaves, remaining motionless while waiting for prey to come within grasp. May make swaying movements to mimic wind blown vegetation” The latter it did!

Scientific name: Phyllocrania paradoxa

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