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Praying Mantis


I'm pretty sure this is a South African praying mantis, an immigrant to New Zealand rather than the New Zealand native praying mantis.


Garden, back yard in rural Poverty Bay Gisborne.


He/she was kind enough to pose for me in our garden on a Cosmos flower on a misty morning. Was lots of fun.

1 species ID suggestions


1 Comment

ForestDragon 5 years ago

Hi Mary, Orthodera ministralis (Garden Mantis) is found in Australia. I don't know if they are also found in New Zealand but it seems like it should be close enough for them to travel there.

Gisborne, New Zealand

Lat: -38.62, Long: 177.99

Spotted on Jan 8, 2012
Submitted on Jan 8, 2012

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