I’m totally infatuated with my new Phyllocrania paradoxa, or Ghost Mantis. I got two, but will probably look for at least two more soon. I believe they are both females, so I need a couple males as well. I’ve raised several generations of Chinese mantis in the past. They were cool insects, but the Ghosts step it up a notch with their active hunting behavior.
The Phyllocrania paradoxa native range is in Africa and Madagascar. Their bodies mimic dead leaves very effectively.
Getting these, of course, has sparked even more interest, and a lot of browsing through pictures online. Here are some of my current favorites.
The Thistle Mantis, Blepharopsis mendica, from www.keepinginsects.com.
The Shield Mantis, Choeradodis rhomboidea. source: social media, original unknown.
The Orchid Mantis, Hymenopus coronatus, found at wannabeentomologist.com
And the Violin Mantis, Gongylus gongylodes, from www.whatsthatbug.com.
I could keep going, but I’ll leave it at that for now. My collection will definitely be growing, but I’m going to take it slow for now.