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Springbok Mantis (Brown)

Miomantis Caffra


Introduced species to New Zealand origniating from South Africa. The Springbok Mantis can be a range of colours from brown to bright green. They can be exceedingly skinny, but are always distinctively skinny in that bit behind the head, giving them a classic hammerhead appearance.


Live amongst foliage and scrub.


The native New Zealand mantis is always bright green. It has a wide, flat thorax (the long collar between the abdomen and the head). Most distinctively, the adult carries a purple dot on the inside of each of its grasping forelegs. If it hasn't got the purple dot it is not a native

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Auckland, New Zealand

Spotted on Nov 8, 2012
Submitted on Nov 8, 2012

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