Archimantis latistyla, an Australian species of preying mantis or “stick mantis”. I believe this one is a female. These Mantis can grow quite large and are known to attack small birds, and on rare occasions fish, frogs and also lizards. They also have the ability to jump about 1 metre.
They’re also smart enough to camouflage themselves when feeling threatened. When I first spotted this one he was on a leaf, but as soon as he saw me he wandered amongst this brush and wouldn’t budge, either for self preservation.. or he simply didn’t want my shot to have too much contrast!
Shot on the 18th of December 2009 in Brisbane, Australia, with a Canon 7D and a 100mm f/2.8 macro lens with 56mm of stacked extension tubes.
Built-in flash: +1/3rd
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