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This rather adorable little insect is an adult GHOST MANTIS, a species which in the wild is found over a large range within Africa.

Ghost mantis Phyllocrania paradoxa
Ghost mantis Phyllocrania paradoxa
Ghost mantis Phyllocrania paradoxa

This species has an unusual appearance as you can see here, from its bizarre head adornment to its similarity to a dead leaf which will assist it with camouflaging both from predators and its own prey!

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