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Giant Rainforest Mantis

Hierodula majuscula

Description:

Juvenile mantid to 2cm long. Forearms were held tight against its body. When startled it would extend its forearms out front and wave around, exposing its bright pink flashes as a warning.

Habitat:

Spotted at Flecker (Cairns) Botanic Gardens QLD

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12 Comments

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 7 years ago

Thank you for the ID Mr.Goldfish. It looks pretty good for Hierodula majuscula. Cheers!

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 7 years ago

Hierodula majuscula?

lori.tas
lori.tas 8 years ago

Yeah, the pink is still a mystery, but an intriguing one.

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 8 years ago

Lori, yes I think my baby looks more like Pseudomantis albofimbriata, minus the pink flashes. I will update to this. Thank you Lori!

lori.tas
lori.tas 8 years ago

Here's my spotting Andrea: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/175... which is clearly a male Orthodera ministralis. He wasn't more than 25mm long fully grown so yours isn't too much smaller. There's an interesting link in the comments on sexing mantids.

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 8 years ago

Thank you Smith Zoo! That's funny .... The first pic is entitled "Peek-a-boo". Aptly named, it seems. Cheers Andrea

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 8 years ago

Thank you Lori for the feedback. Yes it is a juvenile, as it doesn't have any wings/wing buds yet. It is only 2cm in length. I will have a look at your spotting for comparison. Cheers Andrea

Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 8 years ago

Peek-a-boo! Love the pink in the second picture!

lori.tas
lori.tas 8 years ago

The mandibles and the long spiked forearms look more like that of Pseudomantis albofimbriata, as does the white line on the side of the abdomen. But the pink arms are still a mystery to me.

lori.tas
lori.tas 8 years ago

Hi Andrea. I haven't seen an Orthodera species mantid without eye spots on it's front limbs, or with pink limbs before. Is this an immature thing, because I'm having trouble finding information. I recently posted this male with yellow front upper limbs and blue eye spots on the front lower limbs for comparison.

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 8 years ago

Thanks Olivia. Yes he is cute. He is the photo on my computer desktop. One of my favourites :-)

Olivia Chee
Olivia Chee 8 years ago

Nice shot, Andrea. Strangely cute!

Andrea Lim
Spotted by
Andrea Lim

Cairns, QLD, Australia

Spotted on Aug 20, 2011
Submitted on Apr 5, 2013

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