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South African praying mantis

Miomantis caffra Saussure


This is a female.. The south African Mantis are variable in colour, green to brown and are distinguished from the New Zealand Mantis which has a distinctive bright blue patch on front legs. Length about 30–40 mm. Egg case is fawn. When laid it is foamy like meringue, which then hardens.


Usually hides under leaves. They are predacious and catch insects


Originally from South Africa they have been in New Zealand since about 1978

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JillBlack 6 years ago

Thanks Mike they are everywhere around our place but sadly replacing the natives which are getting less and less each year. Please feel free to post your wonderful photos to the Biodiverstity of North Island mission the more the better :)

MikeLoose 6 years ago

I love these insects.

Austin Jacobs
Austin Jacobs 6 years ago

Awesome shot. It looks ready to strike.

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Auckland, New Zealand

Lat: -36.89, Long: 174.68

Spotted on Sep 15, 2012
Submitted on Sep 15, 2012

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