a robust bright green, leaf coloured mantid with a prominent white spot near the upper corner of each fore wing. The legs are showing a hint of pink which is common in this species where the under surface of the abdomen can be yellow and mauve. This is probably a female due to the plumpness of the abdomen, males are usually thinner.
This species is the commonest mantid in South Africa and Botswana. This particular individual came into the kitchen on our smallholding on the outskirts of the city (poulation +/- 200 000 to put this into perspective) one evening. It was intent on ambushing prey species attracted to the lights. The region experiences a hot, dry climate with summer rainfall averaging 500mm p.a.
Photo 3 was taken in the kitchen and then I moved her outside into the garden where she conveniently took up station on the underside of a horizontal stem (photos 1 & 2)