Location: Nairobi, Kenya
December 22, 2010 4:31 am
Dear bug man – Found this weird bug in my garden. Thought it was a leaf until it started running around!Do you know what it is? It looks like some sort of praying mantis but not sure.
Thanks a lot
Signature: Jo (My Kenya Info)
You are correct. This is a Preying Mantis, but we haven’t a clue as to the species. We will begin researching this identification post haste. We quickly identified it as a Ghost Mantis, Phyllocrania paradoxa, on the Wild Madagascar website. According to the Phasmids in Cyberspace website, Ghost Mantids are found in: “Ethopia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Angola, Guinea, Cape Province, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Transvaal, Uganda, Simbabwe, Guinea, Cape Province, Kenya, Cameroon, Congo, Madagascar, Mosambique, Namibia, Somalia.” Congratulations on sighting this well camouflaged species in the wild.
Super thanks a lot for your interest and enthusiasm! I also have some video footage of it scampering about!