Ghost Mantises

These awesome mantises were added to our collection of lab pets (you know I love mantises).  They are miniature mantises from Africa, and their carapaces are designed to look like dessicated leaves.  I think they are quite lovely but also possibly the inspiration for the Alien movies.

Phyllocrania paradoxa (Ghost Mantis)

Phyllocrania paradoxa (Ghost Mantis)

They grow a max of 5 cm, these little guys were only a couple of centimeters long

They grow a max of 5 cm, these little guys were only a couple of centimeters long

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This one looks almost CGI

This one looks almost CGI

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The purple lid of their cage ended up being an awesome back drop for the photos

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I quite suddenly ended up with four of the little guys running around on my hands

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The inspiration for Alien?

Alien, source

Alien, source

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