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Rare Beauty! Picture taken with back-lighting to hi-light both the translucent body and wings.<br />
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Pic of same adult with regular lighting :<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=1663804810&Signature=smF3TnehBg3A%2FGoTv5orz7jiymA%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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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/128999/unique.html Epsomantis,Epsomantis tortricoides,Malaysia,Mantis,Praying Mantis,Sabah" /></a></figure><br />
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<section class="video"><iframe width="448" height="282" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/tzhrv85iriY?hd=1&autoplay=0&rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></section> Epsomantis,Epsomantis tortricoides,Malaysia,Mantis,Praying Mantis,Sabah Click/tap to enlarge

Rare Beauty!

Picture taken with back-lighting to hi-light both the translucent body and wings.

Pic of same adult with regular lighting :

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 />
<br />
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


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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 Aug 5, 2022. Captured Feb 24, 2022 19:40.
  • TG-6
  • f/4.9
  • 1/100s
  • ISO800
  • 18mm