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Boxer Bark Mantid

Paraoxypilus sp.

Description:

Boxer Bark Mantids are a small species of mantis that usually hunt for food on tree trunks and in leaf litter. They are brown with and well camouflaged on tree bark. The males are slender and fully winged, with wings patterned like dead leaf or tree bark. The females are broader and wingless. They are long legged with patches of bright orange on the front legs. The head has conical spines behind the eyes. Size length 20mm

Habitat:

Forest, woodland, parks and gardens with trees

Notes:

Food: Feeds on small insects found on tree bark Breeding: The female lay eggs in an egg case called an ootheca which is attached to a tree trunk.

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Boxer Bark Mantid
Paraoxypilus sp. Boxer Bark Mantid - Paraoxypilus sp.


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12 Comments

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 6 years ago

Thanks Lauren

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Wonderful series!

lori.tas
lori.tas 6 years ago

Fantastic creature.

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 6 years ago

Added photo & information

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 6 years ago

Added ID, Thanks Argy

agravate
agravate 6 years ago

Yet another wonderful example of mimicry. It looks amazing.

KerryHawkins
KerryHawkins 6 years ago

Love this mantis, never seen one like that before!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 6 years ago

Splendid! Excellent poses!

ScottHarte
ScottHarte 6 years ago

wow, amazing adaptations, how did you find the little guy?

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 6 years ago

Added photo

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Wow! That's impressive.

Gorgeous creature. Thanks for sharing, MacChristiansen.

MacChristiansen
Spotted by
MacChristiansen

New South Wales, Australia

Lat: -29.35, Long: 153.30

Spotted on May 11, 2013
Submitted on May 11, 2013

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