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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
An immature male of Ameles spallanzania (Mantodea:Mantidae), the European Dwarf Mantis

As soon as I saw this small specimen waiting in ambush, it entered a cryptic "rolled leaf" pose raising its abdomen, a behavior typical of females and rarely observed before in males.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2018
Date Uploaded: 06.2018
Photo Location: Portixeddu, Fluminimaggiore, Italy
Camera: DSLR-A850
Copyright: © Cesare Brizio