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Asian Dead Leaf Mantis

Hanover Twp., PA(Zone 6a)

Can anyone check my ID so I am sure of this insect Deroplatys lobata.

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Churchill, Victoria, Australia(Zone 10a)

mgarr,

I have done some research and I am pretty certain that your mantis is indeed the Asian Dead Leaf Mantis (Deroplatys lobata). The angle of your photo does not show off its best features, but it matches very closely images I have found on the net. A particular point is the flap in the angle between the femur and tibia of each leg. Not obvious in your picture, except for the middle pair of legs. Compare with this image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dead-leaf_Mantis.jpg
I cannot find any other mantis that have this flap.
It is also very helpful that yours shows a female beside its ootheca (egg-sack). The oothecas vary a lot in shape between species. Yours is a very close match to oothecas of Deroplatys lobata, shown on the net: http://media.photobucket.com/image/deroplatys%20lobata%20with%20ootheca/Bird-fly/Deroplatys%20lobata/Deroplatyslobatawithootheca.jpg?o=1#!oZZ2QQcurrentZZhttp%3A%2F%2Fmedia.photobucket.com%2Fimage%2Fderoplatys%20lobata%20with%20ootheca%2FBird-fly%2FDeroplatys%20lobata%2FDlobataandootheca.jpg%3Fo%3D2

There is no image of this species in BugFiles and it would be good if you would add your image to our Deroplatys lobata page here: http://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/go/6701/

Ken

Hanover Twp., PA(Zone 6a)

I'll probably be able to get another picture this week-end. If I do I'll post it as soon as I get home.

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