What's that?! I have googled around and found insects that looks like a twig, and others that look like a leaf, but this one looks deceptively like a leaf at the end of a twig (I swear it's a real living thing despite the appearances: it has legs and moves around!). As you can see from my hand on the photo it is also fairly big (well, at least for my European standards...).

  • Location: Morelia, Mexico (about 2000m high, in the tropics)
  • Time: October (humid season), in the morning

top view with scale

side view

  • $\begingroup$ And about your European standards: the European praying mantis is up to 9 cm and occurs all over Southern Europe and even at isolated locations in Germany. See Though I admit I was startled too when I encountered one. 😀 $\endgroup$
    – RHA
    Oct 15, 2017 at 20:49

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That is a Mexican/Texas unicorn mantis, which is of the species Phyllovates chlorophaea.

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