Dead Leaf Mantid

Dead Leaf Mantid

Animal's Behavior

Young mantids are extremely active and disperse rapidly from the vicinity of the ootheca (egg case). Though many are caught and eaten by ants or fall prey to spiders and other predators at this stage, they soon become the predators and take to standing still and waiting for their prey to come to them.

Eating Habits

They are a generalist predator of insects.

Range

Arboreal species but may be found in lower vegetation. Malaysia, Borneo, Indonesia, and Sumatra

Animal Facts

  • Renowned for the females’ tendency to eat the male during copulation.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Deroplatys spp.

Classification

Animalia, Arthropoda, Tracheata, Insecta, Pterygota, Dictyoptera, Mantodea, Mantidae, Deroplatyinae, Deroplatys spp.

Place of Birth

Malaysia, Borneo, Indonesia, and Sumatra

Size

3 inches

Color

Their colors and overall body shape provide excellent camouflage among dead leaves.

Lifespan

18 months-2 years