Common Name: Moss Mantid
Order Name: Mantodea
Family Name: Mantidae
Mantidis are absolute masters of disguise and fearsome insectavors. Their camouflage is often enhanced by carefully choreographed movements that mimic the plants they are disguised as and hunt on.
Believe it or not, you are staring into the eyes of a tropical praying mantis. This Ecuadorian Mos Mantid comes adorned with so many stealth adaptations that you will have to look three or four times before you have a change of recognizing it’s outline. These mantids utilize coloration, structural adaptations and behavioral modeling to deceive it’s victims of the approaching danger. One Kung Fu system of martial arts is modeled after this insects stealth, strength and speed.