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Unique! When I chanced upon this Mantis nymph, probably a sub-adult, I tought this looks rather unique as not only it was small in size but the the colouration/markings of the abdomen makes it looks a bit like Planthopper.  And later on when I was able to get the ID, naturally I tried to look up for more info about this species and was not surprised  that there are hardly any pictures about them and not much is still known about the species.  Furthermore, a local friend who has been frequenting this location for nearly 20 years have never encountered this species before!<br />
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Update, pic of the adult :<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/139053/praying_mantis_-_epsomantis_tortricoides.html" title="Praying Mantis - Epsomantis tortricoides"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2994/139053_thumb.jpeg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1667433610&Signature=Ozt5aXvfIGat1GpTEaIKVW%2Ba8wk%3D" width="200" height="152" alt="Praying Mantis - Epsomantis tortricoides Saw a tiny nymph and a sub-adult of this Praying Mantis in the same location/vicinity a month before (Jan 2022) this sighting and was pleasantly surprised to find this adult on this trip.<br />
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This is a small size Praying Mantis of around 3 cm and the body is quite translucent.  When it is feeding, food can be seen being passed through the thorax to the abdomen.  Pic using back-lighting to show the translucent body and wings :<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/139052/rare_beauty.html<br />
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Pic of a sub-adult :<br />
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Unique!

When I chanced upon this Mantis nymph, probably a sub-adult, I tought this looks rather unique as not only it was small in size but the the colouration/markings of the abdomen makes it looks a bit like Planthopper. And later on when I was able to get the ID, naturally I tried to look up for more info about this species and was not surprised that there are hardly any pictures about them and not much is still known about the species. Furthermore, a local friend who has been frequenting this location for nearly 20 years have never encountered this species before!

Update, pic of the adult :

Praying Mantis - Epsomantis tortricoides Saw a tiny nymph and a sub-adult of this Praying Mantis in the same location/vicinity a month before (Jan 2022) this sighting and was pleasantly surprised to find this adult on this trip.<br />
<br />
This is a small size Praying Mantis of around 3 cm and the body is quite translucent.  When it is feeding, food can be seen being passed through the thorax to the abdomen.  Pic using back-lighting to show the translucent body and wings :<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/139052/rare_beauty.html<br />
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Pic of a sub-adult :<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/128999/unique.html Epsomantis,Epsomantis tortricoides,Malaysia,Mantis,Praying Mantis,Sabah


    comments (11)

  1. A wonderful capture Albert. Congratulations Posted 8 months ago
    1. Thanks, Calbost Niel :) Posted 7 months ago
  2. Fantastic, Albert. Everything about it looks unusual. Posted 8 months ago
    1. Thanks, Ferdy :D
      Was able to observe one feeding and their translucent head/thorax/upper abdomen allows you to see the food passing through the system, truly amazing. Reminds me of Glass Frog but more intense.
      Posted 7 months ago
      1. How cool, hope one day you get to record a video of it. Posted 7 months ago
  3. Wow, very nice indeed. Posted 8 months ago
    1. Thanks, William :D Posted 7 months ago
  4. Congratulations Posted 7 months ago
    1. Thanks :D Posted 2 months ago
  5. found one in Danum Valley this year Jan. 1st Posted 7 months ago
    1. Nice :D Posted 2 months ago

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''Epsomantis'' is a monotypic genus of mantis in the new family Nanomantidae. It represented by the single species, ''Epsomantis tortricoides''.

Similar species: Mantises
Species identified by Albert Kang
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By Albert Kang

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Uploaded Feb 1, 2022. Captured Jan 25, 2022 22:05.
  • TG-6
  • f/6.3
  • 1/200s
  • ISO200
  • 18mm