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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