Subject: Mantid for identification
Geographic location of the bug: near Kaeng Krachan NP, Thailand
Time: 03:06 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Any help with the identification of this Mantid would be much appreciated.
How you want your letter signed: Many thanks Steve
This is not a Mantid. It is a Leaf Insect in the order Phasmida, and we have some amazing images in our archive where a Leaf Insect is being eaten by a Mantid in Thailand. Our current research found matching images on Dreamtime and Shutterstock but there is no species name. The website we used in our initial identification of the species is no longer active, but we did find images of Phyllium siccifolium on BugWorld and on Our Breathing Planet where it states: “Phyllium Siccifolium is a type of leaf insect which has no acknowledged common name. It was, in fact, the first species of leaf insect recognized. Like all species of this type of insect, they remain masters of camouflage. They are primarily active at either dusk or night. Phyllium Siccifolium is entirely herbivorous by nature.”