giant dead leaf mantis

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Deroplatys desiccata, known by the common names giant dead leaf mantis and (less-frequently) Malaysian dead leaf mantis, is a species of praying mantis from Southeast Asia.

D. desiccata takes its common name from its resemblance to dead, leafy vegetation including having a flattened, greatly extended thorax and “intricate leaf patterns” on its wings. This insect varies in color from mottled brown through “pale orangey brown” to a very dark brown that is almost black.

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