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New Zealand Praying Mantis

Orthodera novaezealandiae


Our native praying mantis. This one is an older nymph, it's wing bugs were developed but not quite fully grown. The New Zealand praying mantis is a large bright green insect with an adult body length of approximately 40 mm.


I had been watering the garden, when I came inside I felt something buggish on my neck. I flicked it off...gently..ish (even bug lovers don't always enjoy an unidentified crawler on their neck) and to my delight it was one of my favourites, our native praying mantis. I popped him out on my daughter's bonzai outside where he settled happily and waited until I was free to get my camera.

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Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand

Spotted on Feb 26, 2013
Submitted on Feb 26, 2013

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