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Ghost Mantis Ootheca Laying (with video)  Ghost mantis,Non-native,Phyllocrania paradoxa Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Ghost Mantis Ootheca Laying (with video)

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  1. Guiliana laying her 5th ootheca. I've been told that this species can lay up to 10 in their lifetime. Unfortunately (or fortunately) they won't hatch out as she doesn't have a male suitor.
    Here is a video of her laying it (4K where available)

    And here's the finished result
    2 hours later She finished laying the ootheca. Geotagged,Ghost mantis,Phyllocrania paradoxa,United Kingdom,Winter
    Posted 7 months ago, modified 7 months ago
  2. This is wild! Thank you for sharing this with us! Posted 7 months ago
    1. Thanks very much, I've not been around for a while so have lots of amazing pictures from people to catch up on :) Posted 7 months ago
      1. I know the feeling! I'm still catching up after a very busy week at home! Posted 7 months ago
        1. So cool!! I love the video. Poor girl though, you need to find her a fella. Posted 7 months ago
          1. Hahaha, poor fella, if he's not quick enough he will be no more! Posted 7 months ago
            1. Lol, so true! Posted 7 months ago
  3. Incredible! And thanks for that video! Posted 7 months ago
    1. Can't beat a good video :) Posted 7 months ago

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''Phyllocrania paradoxa'', common name ghost mantis, is a small species of mantis from Africa remarkable for its leaf-like body. It is one of the three species in the genus ''Phyllocrania''. It is known for its distinct and exclusive camouflaged appearance of a dry weathered leaf.

Similar species: Mantises
Species identified by Stuart Nathaniel
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Uploaded Feb 18, 2019. Captured Feb 18, 2019 09:57.
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  • f/1.7
  • 1/1121s
  • ISO40
  • 4.2mm