Moss Mantis (Calofulcinia oxynota)
What a special little mantid this is. Evolving to completely disappear into its chosen environment of moss is…you guessed it, a Moss Mantis! These adorable creatures are only tiny, growing to only a couple of centimetres. I struggled to find much information about this particular species online, but can tell you that they are fairly widespread in Far North Queensland from Mt Lewis to Mt Elliot, but generally at higher elevations. They can show this mossy green colouration and there is also a more lichen-coloured morph. They can also change colours slightly to help blend into any changes in substrate. Thanks very much to Matthew Connors for the I.D. and extra information on this species.
Moss Mantis (Calofulcinia oxynota) blending into a moss-covered log.