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Bark mantid

Amorphoscelis ?tuberculata


a small cryptically coloured mantid about 20mm long.


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


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

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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:
And here.

C.Sydes 8 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 8 years ago

Looks like small Bark Mantid.

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Limpopo, South Africa

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

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