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Mantid Kingdom

Praying mantids and feeder insects!

Deroplatys sp.

Dead Leaf Mantis

Dead Leaf Mantis

(Dead Leaf Mantis)

I have been keeping Deroplatys, or dead leaf mantids for years, and they are clearly one of the masters of disguise. They have camouflage down to a science. I love looking at the intricate leaf patterns on the adults wings. They mimic dead leaves perfectly, especially the females.

Breeding Dead Leaf Mantids is generally simple. I have had some casualties in the past, but I have come to learn that waiting 3 weeks instead of 2 before introducing the male and female greatly reduces the chance of cannibalism. All in all, I would recommend this species to anyone. They are just too cool to pass up. The pics below are of D. desiccata and D. lobata.