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Bark mantid

Amorphoscelis ?tuberculata

Description:

a small cryptically coloured mantid about 20mm long.

Habitat:

attracted by lights, by small village community in semi arid, sub tropical, bushveld area

Notes:

I'm wondering about the genus Oxypiloidea in the Hymenopididae ??

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4 Comments

C.Sydes
C.Sydes 7 years ago

Thank you again Mr Goldfish, your ref certainly looks very close and the distribution would seem to fit

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 7 years ago

Maybe a Amorphoscelidae.
Similar to the picture of Amorphoscelis tuberculata from here: http://mantids.de/3.html
And here.
http://mantodea.speciesfile.org/Common/b...

C.Sydes
C.Sydes 7 years ago

I think so too but I can't work out which mantid family it belongs to. It looks very like the picture of Oxypiloidea in the SA insect book but I don't see any teeth on the prothorax; I don't recall the antennae vibrating obviously either. The Tarachodes in the Mantidae would appear to be generally larger than this little fellow.

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 7 years ago

Looks like small Bark Mantid.

C.Sydes
Spotted by
C.Sydes

Limpopo, South Africa

Spotted on Mar 6, 2013
Submitted on Mar 24, 2013

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