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New Zealand Praying Mantis

New Zealand Praying Mantis - Orthodea novaezealandiae


New Zealand praying mantis. Common and can be found only in New Zealand. The female can fly and often eats the male. There is blue patch on the inner side of the leg. Mantids are not pest, they eat other insects. One adult can eat around 23 flies a day.


Sits on leaves or branches. It has a calm temper.

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rams4d 9 years ago

Nice picture

JillBlack 10 years ago

Wow love your photo George. Please consider adding this great spotting to the mission Biodiversity of North Island New Zealand

GeorgeNovak 12 years ago

Thank you ladies. I like your photos too, they are amazing.

Louisiana Belle
Louisiana Belle 12 years ago

Amazing image!

NayNay 12 years ago

Oh really? Very interesting! Your photo is great by the way!

GeorgeNovak 12 years ago

Wow. Actually I find it possible. Insects can migrate long distances in soo many different forms. Usually they gas shipping containers with bromide but there is always a way to escape.

NayNay 12 years ago

I actually found one in country Victoria in Australia with the same blue thing on it's leg. I thought it was a bruise or something! Interesting. I'll post my pic.

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Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Spotted on Apr 23, 2011
Submitted on May 2, 2011

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