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False Garden Mantid, male

Pseudomantis albofimbriata

Description:

There is a dark spot on inner side of each of its front arms. They are slow moving, with large abdomen. The females have their wings relatively small, covered only half of their abdomen, and do not seems able to fly. Males are fully winged but smaller in size. Like all others mantids, False Garden Mantids have long thorax and strong spiny forelegs. They have the very mobile triangular shaped head with distinctive ocelli and large compound eyes. Their segmented antenna are medium to long in length.

Habitat:

Spotted sitting on a broom at my backdoor. I have a strange, irrational fear of praying mantis' so i feel more comfortable taking photos of striking snakes than this tiny guy!

Notes:

Thanks to ForestDragon for the ID!

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False Garden Mantid, male
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19 Comments

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 7 years ago

Added. It looks like a great mission already! :)

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 7 years ago

Great to hear! I'll add it ASAP!!

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

There is now a Global mission for mantids! I would love to see this one added. :-) http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1573...

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 7 years ago

Thanks forestDragon! I've updated it with your ID

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 7 years ago

Thanks mark and Leanne! I wasn't even aware they could have eyes like that until I spotted him!

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 7 years ago

Love his eyes Alice!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Nice one Alice. There's some great colour variations of these. Love the red eyes.

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 7 years ago

Thanks luis, Diaz and yasser!! And thanks very much forestdragon for your help!!

Yasser
Yasser 7 years ago

Love it.

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 7 years ago

beautiful

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Great find!

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

Alice, that second photo is just fine! This looks like a male False Garden Mantis to me. Here are some more references from right here on PN: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/183...
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/192...
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/226...

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 7 years ago

ForestDragon i've added a full body shot however it's not great because he disappeared before i got a chance to get a good one. The only other thing i can add for ID is that he was about 5cm long.

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 7 years ago

I think I do have a full body one somewhere ill have a look :) thanks for the links I'll have a look at them too!

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

Great image, Alice! Do you have any other photos of this Mantid? My initial thought is that this is a False Garden Mantid (Pseudomantis albofimbriata ). Here are a couple of links that may be helpful:
http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_...
http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_...

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 7 years ago

My thoughts exactly Lauren! Anyone know the id for this one?

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Amazing eyes!

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 7 years ago

I know! I was so scared taking it then it looked at me like that! Such an irrational fear

PaigeMatthews
PaigeMatthews 7 years ago

Your favourite ;)

AliceGreenup
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AliceGreenup

New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Apr 11, 2014
Submitted on Apr 11, 2014

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