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Giant grey huntsman (♂)

Holconia immanis

Description:

The mantis was hoping for a quick snack, but didn't see an even bigger and faster predator waiting near the light.
The huntsman was about 120mm across legs outstretched. A good sized meal.

Habitat:

Outer urban back yard near midnight.

Notes:

Common around suburban homes at night but obviously camouflaged on the bark of eucalyptus.
The mantid is 'False garden mantis' (Pseudomantis albofimbriata)
https://museumvictoria.com.au/spiders/de...
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:b...

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8 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Thanks Zlatan.

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a year ago

great shot, Mark.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Thanks Jim :)

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson a year ago

Nice photography, Mark,,,I am not sure I would have been so adept at midnight.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Ha! Yep he was fast too. Heart skipped at least one beat.

triggsturner
triggsturner a year ago

Crikey Mark. Think I would have used the 400 zoom on this one. That way I wouldn't have to be closer that a couple of meters! ;)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Thanks Sergio. They're hugeand fast.. made me jump back from the tiny moth i was snapping.

Awesome. Great spotting, Mark.

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.31

Spotted on Mar 16, 2017
Submitted on Jun 12, 2017

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