Young dead leaf mantids (Deroplatys spp) are extremely active and disperse rapidly from the vicinity of the ootheca (egg case). Though many are caught and eaten by ants or fall prey to spiders and other predators at this stage, they soon become the predators and take to standing still and waiting for their prey to come to them.
They are a generalist predator of insects.
Arboreal species but may be found in lower vegetation. Malaysia, Borneo, Indonesia, and Sumatra.
Renowned for the females’ tendency to eat the male during copulation.