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Purplewinged Mantid

Tenodera australasiae

Description:

Purplewinged Mantids are also known as Australian Mantids. The adult Purplewinged Mantids are large in size with long and narrow body. Their wings are purple to dark brown in colour, with grass green on both edges. Their head and body are light brown with green colour eyes. Like all others mantids, Purplewinged Mantids have long thorax and strong spiny forelegs. They also have very mobile triangular shaped head with distinctive ocelli and large compound eyes. Their segmented antenna are medium to long in length. - Brisbane Insects

Habitat:

The mantids usually found hunting amount tall grasses. They usually hang upside down on the top of the plant and attack prey below. This make sense because drop down to attack can be a lightening fast action. - Brisbane Insects


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ForestDragon
ForestDragon 4 years ago

Leanne, I would love to see ALL of your mantid spottings (including the egg cases) in the Marvelous Mantids of the World! http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1573...

Queensland, Australia

Lat: -21.44, Long: 149.24

Spotted on Mar 10, 2014
Submitted on Apr 12, 2014

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