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This is one of the rarest of all the super camouflaged mantids. Identified as Acanthops royi by Julio Rivera. The progression from left to right in the figures shows a gradual opening of the apparent "dead leaf." Toward the right hand side, one can detect the physical characteristics of a mantis. The A. royi is extreme in its' ability to completely "bunch up". The antennae are so thin and short that they are hardly visible, as are also the legs. It requires almost a miracle to find one of these. Photographed at the Explorama Lodge on the Amazon River in Peru.

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