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Giant grey huntsman (♂)

Holconia immanis


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)

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Thanks Zlatan.

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 2 years ago

great shot, Mark.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Thanks Jim :)

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 2 years ago

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

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

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

triggsturner 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 2 years ago

Awesome. Great spotting, Mark.

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.31

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

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