Asian Insects, Asian Wildlife, Wildlife
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Life in the Understory # 3 – Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis Mantidae Kinabatangang Sabah Borneo Malaysia

The Kinabatangang Nature Lodge is a place of great adventure. Their slogan ‘it’s a jungle out there!’ not only refers to the forest surrounding the lodge, but also to a world where it’s ‘eat and be eaten’. This certainly holds true for the many insects inhabiting this environment and its therefore not surprising that mimicry is one of the many mechanisms deployed, either defensive or aggressive. The wings from this mantis (Mantidae) offered almost perfect concealment with the colour, shape and texture resembling the leaf it was hiding under – waiting for the next victim to pass.

Praying Mantis Mantidae Kinabatangang Sabah Borneo Malaysia


  1. The leaf certainly is a perfect match. I can’t help but wonder what the Mantis was thinking, staring straight at the camera.

    • Thank you Dries 🙂 I guess I’m getting better and more interested in it – a proper macro lens is on the wish list. Hope you guys enjoyed your long-weekend – looking forward to your stories!

      • We’ll write to Father Christmas on your behalf Maurice 😉

        We had an amazing time at Cape Vidal, thanks Maurice. Coming back to a freezing Pretoria was not easy…

      • Hope you’re more successful than me – I’ve tried a few times, but alas, there were more things on that list 🙂 yeah, guess winter has started too in SA – here in WA the first real rain finally arrived!

  2. Girl Gone Expat says

    Now I know where they have found inspiration for all their alien movies in Hollywood:) I am impressed you were able to spot this guy, his camouflage is excellent!

  3. Hi there. I’ve just spent an hour reading your posts. What a wonderful blog! I’ve learnt so much from you. Your photos are stunning, your texts are very informative – everything is simply perfect. Thank you so much and I look forward to reading your futures posts. Best, Nataly

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