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New Zealand praying mantis

Orthodera novaezealandiae


A green praying mantis 30-40cm long with distinct blue patches on it's legs.


The praying mantis most commonly seen around in the warmer parts of New Zealand is an immigrant from South Africa. This new comer is pushing the native New Zealand praying mantis out of it's habitat as it moves south. Most of the praying mantis we see here on the East Coast are South African. I am thererfore always very happy when I find the New Zealand native praying mantis. It is much more colourful than the South African with the blue and yellow colouring on it's legs.

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marycaughley 7 years ago

LOL Karen, I love the way mantids pose :D

alicelongmartin 7 years ago


KarenL 7 years ago

Great pose Mary!

harsuame 7 years ago

Estupendo bella

Gisborne, New Zealand

Lat: -38.63, Long: 177.98

Spotted on May 6, 2012
Submitted on May 7, 2012

Spotted for mission

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