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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.
Outer urban back yard near midnight.
Common around suburban homes at night but obviously camouflaged on the bark of eucalyptus.
The mantid is 'False garden mantis' (Pseudomantis albofimbriata)
Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.31
Spotted on Mar 16, 2017
Submitted on Jun 12, 2017
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